China Telecom chosen to enter PHL as third main telco player

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).

Taxi driver attacks passenger who insisted on using meter

Margaret Claire Layug/JST, writing for GMA News;

A taxi driver was caught on camera hitting his passenger after a dispute over the use of the cab’s meter.

Michael Benitez was able to film his attacker with his cellphone right before he hit him in the face, as seen in a “24 Oras” report by Susan Enriquez on Friday.

One more reason why ride-sharing is thriving and fast becoming the preferred mode of transportation for Metro Manila commuters.

PLDT to spend P11 billion in two years to improve internet speed

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.

LTFRB wants taxi fares at par with Uber rates

Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, reporting for GMA News;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has “unanimously agreed” to increase taxi fares, making it “at par” with the rates of transport network company Uber, Chairman Martin Delgra III said Wednedsay.

It appears that LTFRB totally miss the point as to why commuters are favoring Uber and TNVS (transport network vehicle services), taxi in Metro Manila obviously lower than the rate of Uber but people still prefer Uber over taxis, heck I prefer Uber over taxis.

It more about the overall service that TNVS provides to its riders, the friendly drivers, convenience in booking and most of all they don’t refuse any commuters/riders.

Chairman Martin Delgra III added, an increase in taxi fares would hopefully solve the problem of “underutilization” of cabs.

Good luck with that!

DOST: Project NOAH tech to be turned over to PAGASA

TJ DIMACALI, reporting for GMA News;

Ill-fated disaster risk service Project NOAH is set to be turned over to the national weather agency, according to DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña. – See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597649/scitech/science/dost-project-noah-tech-to-be-turned-over-to-pagasa#sthash.hNye9I5a.dpuf

PAGASA is the perfect agency to continue Project NOAH. Yesterday, Emmanuel Pinol Agriculture Secretary said that are interested in taking over the project.

BOC seizes smuggled gadgets from online shop depot