Miguel R. Camus, reporting for Inquirer;
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is seeking a third telco player that could match or offer better services than PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom.
But even at this early stage, Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. of the DICT acknowledged that there were limitations on the services a new telco challenger could provide, including text messaging.
Rio said there were no more 2G frequencies, which support text messaging, for the government to award to a third player. These are all controlled by PLDT and Globe, the country’s two major telcos that provide fixed-line and mobile services to about 100 million Filipinos.
I doubt that Globe and PLDT/Smart will “share” their frequencies, if ever a 3rd telco player will setup shop in the Philippines, they can only offer voice and data. SMS is still a big part of a mobile user, most notably when the 3G and 4G signal is not available. Also, how can a user recharge or load his mobile service without using SMS? Will the 3rd telco offer postpaid plan only?
Can the Philippine Competition Commission step in the discussion?
Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, BusinessWorld on Interaksyon;
PLDT, Inc. is setting aside a record high capital expenditure budget of least P50 billion next year, as it works on improving its network amid the looming entry of a third telecommunications player.
Jack Ma touched a very sensitive nerve and now both PLDT/Smart and Globe are on damage control.
Chrisee Dela Paz, reporting for Rappler;
MANILA, Philippines – The country’s telecommunications giants and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) vowed to do the best they can to improve the state of Philippine internet, after Jack Ma, the Chinese tycoon behind global tech giant Alibaba Group, shared what he thought about it.
What Jack Ma said is what consumer have been saying about the internet service for a long time now.
And this is where Globe and PLDT is passing the blame to the government;
Spokespersons of PLDT and Globe acknowledged that there’s still much to be done to improve internet services in the Philippines. But they also emphasized the need for the government’s involvement to turn slow, costly internet around.
At the end of the day, if telcos really want to provide fast internet, they WILL provide fast and reliable internet, with or without the government’s assistance.
Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, writing for GMA News;
Pangilinan-led PLDT Inc. is spending P11 billion in the next two years to finance a modernization plan which includes the shift to fiber internet.
The budget will allotted to rollout a million Fibr ports across the country and upgrade over 1.3 million subscribers to fiber optics cable from Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).
Hopefully, when another tech luminary visits the Philippines, we won’t hear any more complain.
John Nieves, writing for Unbox.Ph;
The Court Of Appeals have given its stamp of approval on the acquisition of both PLDT and Globe Telecom of San Miguel’s Corporation’s telco assets in the Php 70-billion deal last year, including the company’s highly lucrative 700MHz spectrum.
It’s a done deal then, so any telecom or company who wants to setup a business and utilize the 700MHz spectrum will need to go thru PLDT and Globe.
Chrisee Dela Paz, reporting for Rappler;
MANILA, Philippines – More than 2,300 public transport buses in the country are getting some technological upgrades: Wi-Fi connectivity, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, and vehicle trackers.
PLDT Incorporated said in a statement on Sunday, October 1, that its corporate business unit PLDT Enterprise has partnered with the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) to provide these upgrades to the group’s members.
The article did not mention if the wifi access will be free to commuters.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade last month signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a P1.5-billion loan facility for PUV cooperatives with Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Chairman Alberto Romulo to jumpstart the PUV modernization program.
Since DBP will provide the P1.5-billion loan facility for PUV cooperatives for the installations of these technological upgrades, commuters will most likely shoulder bulk of the loan.
Ted Cordero, writing for GMA News;
GCash, the micropayment service of Globe Telecom Inc., and rival PLDT Inc.’s PayMaya Philippines Inc. have partnered with Facebook on money transfers and bills payments.
Prepaid mobile load and data service can also be paid using the Messenger app.
Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;
Telecommunications titan PLDT has expanded the reach of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities to 23 cities and municipalities in the province of Cavite.
As always, great news for the residents of Cavite.
Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;
Reports from several SouthEast Asian news sources have mentioned that the region’s Asia-American Gateway (AAG), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3) cables all have suffered damages during the past weeks. AAG had been damaged as it was ruptured in two locations: 66 kilometers (41 miles) and 85 kilometers from its Hong Kong station. Meanwhile, TGA-IA cable’s damage was seen by experts at around 54 kilometers from the same island.
This is bad!
Tomas S. Noda III, writing for Deal Street Asia;
Southeast Asia’s first digital pawn shop PawnHero has closed a $9.7 million (P500 million) financing deal with a Philippine investment bank even as it signed a partnership agreement with the fintech arm of telco giant PLDT.
The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on particular ISPs (internet service providers) around the globe, and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network.
The difference between PLDT and ComClark is only 0.21 mbps, which is not that much when you think about the area that is being serve by PLDT compare to ComClark.
Also, I may be wrong about this but as far as I know Comclark is piggy backing on PLDT for its connectivity, since Comclark used to be PLDT Clark a number of years ago.
Leading telco and digital services provider PLDT will expand the reach of its fiber-powered fixed line network by about 80% to 4.4 million homes passed by the end of 2017, making available ultra-fast internet connection via its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service accessible to Filipino families in more areas of the country.
I always recommend people to just avail of the fixed line internet connection of their provider, since it more stable and reliable than wireless, the only caveat is the its more expensive.
John Nieves, reporting for Unbox;
We earlier reported on the block of more popular porn websites a few days earlier. While a bunch of people said that they could no longer access their favorite porn site, a large swath of the population could still visit their porn website of choice. But it looks like the porn block will soon expand to cover more websites and ISPs, as the NTC has ordered the block of 21 porn websites, according to Interaksyon.
NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarrios sent the order to all ISPs last December on the request of the PNP.
Miguel R. Camus, reporting for Philippine Daily Inquirer;
Globe Telecom likely overtook main rival PLDT Inc. in mobile subscribers last year, PLDT chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said on Thursday.
Pangilinan, reacting to data published by GSM Association, a trade group of global telco operators, said PLDT saw mobile subscriber numbers dip in 2016 partly as it “cleaned up” inactive accounts.
It’s unclear from Mobile World Live report how many of the reported 66.6 million subscribers are active and how many are post paid and prepaid.
I won’t be surprise if more than 75% of Globe subscribers are Smart subscribers as well. I think the real metric that both Globe and Smart should focus is the revenue/s that they get per subscribers and the driver/s for these.