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.
Vaughn Chua, writing for Yugatech;
NOW corp is expanding its broadband services in Metro Manila which offers reliable Fiber internet connections in the area.
Hoping that this will materialize!
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.
Alyza Angeles, writing for Yugatech;
Singtel, one of Singapore’s largest telecommunication companies, said that it will put an end to its copper-based ADSL network in April next year.
They have to stop using copper-based ADSL network anyway. This forces connection providers to speed up their upgrade process.
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!
Kevin Bruce Francisco, reporting for Yugatech;
ABS-CBN Corp has begun testing a Wi-Fi-equipped TVPlus which is their digital TV device known as the black box.
Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;
We know the headline is shocking but according to a published article from Bloomberg, the cost of mobile data in the county is cheap, even among the cheapest in our neighborhood.
This would been well and good, if the connection speed and reliability are not an issue.
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.
Better than calling Globe to check if Globe broadband is available in the area or the area where you will be staying or going.
According to Yugatech, the tool is currently in beta test.
For now, it’s still in the beta stage but you can already search your exact address and it will tell you if broadband connection is available and if it’s just DSL or fiber.
Kevin McSpadden, reporting for e27;
Now, China is set to launch a 14-month campaign to crackdown on VPNs. The announcement from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said VPN services would have had to obtain prior government approval before operating.