Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;
Senate Bill 1636, or the “Lifetime Cellphone Number Act”, sponsored and authored by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, gets a nod in the upper house with 20 affirmative votes, no negative votes, and no abstention.
This is great for competition and I can just see certain or “custom” phone numbers to be auction or sold to users for addition revenue for telcos.
You can read the full text of Senate’s official announcement here.
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT);
Good news for the holidays! The expiry date of unused prepaid credits of mobile users will be extended to one year from date of top-up.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology inked a Joint Memorandum Circular with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on December 20, Wednesday, amending the previous version of NTC’s Memorandum Circular No. 03-07-2009 Guidelines on Prepaid Loads.
As of December 2016, there were around 130 million mobile users in the country, and the government wishes to afford subscribers more time to use their prepaid mobile credits.
The JMC states that prepaid loads, regardless of amount, will have one-year validity, and this will take effect on January 5, 2018.
“We came up with a realistic solution… the one-year expiry date is very safe for consumers because that one year assures that they will be able to use the load,”[i] OIC Rio said.
Those prepaid credits purchased for promos and other services with specific period of use, as approved by NTC and DTI, are excluded from the coverage.
“With this circular, President Rodrigo Duterte hopes to give the public a gift this holiday season that everyone can truly benefit from in the coming years,”[ii] DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a statement.
The Joint Memorandum Circular was signed by DICT Officer-in-Charge Eliseo Rio, Jr., NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Great news to all Prepaid users!
Jjon Viktor D. Cabuenas, writing for GMA News;
China Telecom Corporation Limited has been chosen by the Chinese government to enter the Philippine telecommunications industry as the third player, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed Sunday.
If everything goes as reported, China Telecom will partner with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T), since foreign companies needs to find a partner to do business in the Philippines. China Telecom cannot exceed 40% ownership of the company that will be formed with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T).
Abe Olandres, writing for Yugatech;
Smart has announced last week that they will be changing their default data charging rate from Php5 for 15 minutes to Php2 for every 1MB. This is effective November 28, 2017. The new Php2/MB rate now removes the default time-based charging for all Smart Postpaid accounts.
Smart created a detailed help article on the new data charging rate.
We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed. With this enhancement, we will be able to better serve you and your data needs. Please read below to know the new benefits, features, and change in postpaid experience — Effective November 28, 2017
I’m pretty sure a lot of people will not be happy with the new data charging rate.
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.
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.
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!
Joseph Waring, writing for Mobile World Live;
Smart, the mobile arm of PLDT, regained its spot as the largest mobile operator in the Philippines by subscribers in Q2, after Globe Telecom lost 3.1 million users since the beginning of the year.
According to GSMA Intelligence data, Smart had a 51.4 per cent market share in Q2, while Globe’s share dipped by nearly 2 percentage points from the end of 2016 to 48.2 per cent at end-June.
Do we really need to know which of the ONLY two mobile operator in the Philippines is the largest? It will be more interesting to know, which of the two (Smart or Globe) has the highest customer satisfaction rating.
We wish to inform our valued customers that http://globetelecom.ph/ is NOT an official Globe online property and is NOT connected with the company. Globe Telecom is working with concerned authorities on fraud and trademark infringement to permanently remove this site. We strongly advise our customers against providing any crowdsourcing information on the fraudulent site. We also appeal to our customers to report any similar attempts of fraud.
For any information on our products and services, please visit us online at http://globe.com.ph. Customers may also relay any concerns through our customer hotline and through Twitter channels @enjoyGLOBE and @Talk2GLOBE; Facebook page Globe Telecom; or through Enjoy Globe on Viber. – Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.
Please don’t even try to attempt to access the said website.
Checking at the whois information of the domain. If looks like it was registered by a certain Frederik Havemann from Hong Kong.
Miguel R. Camus, reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;
PLDT Inc.’s flagship mobile unit, Smart Communications, said mobile internet speed improved toward the end of last year as it rolled out more LTE sites made possible with newly- secured radio frequencies.
The telco said this a statement citing the Asia Network Quality Report of J.P. Morgan Securities covering the fourth quarter of 2016. The statement did not include the original report, and details only covered mobile speed, not coverage and reliability.
Smart said data from the report showed that LTE download speeds in the country hit 8.24 megabits per second in the last quarter of 2016, up from the 7.27 Mbps national LTE average posted in the previous quarter.
This was compared to Indonesia’s LTE average speed of 6.66 Mbps for the same period.
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.
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.