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How Much Were Top Executives of Globe and PLDT Paid in 2017?

Are high bonuses related to companies' rising earnings?

The highest-paid executives of the two leading telecommunications firms in the country, PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, earned tens of millions in 2017.Both companies listed five executives they consider as the highest-paid, which include each firm’s CEOs, presidents and other key officials. ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 11:00:00
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PLDT's Smart To Deploy 5G Mobile Tech in PH Next Year

The telco signs supply deal with telecoms network technology provider Ericsson

PLDT Inc., the Philippines’ largest telecommunications group, announced on August 10 that its wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc., has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swedish multinational telecoms networking technology provider Ericsson to roll out “the country’s first 5G pilot network” ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 13, 2018 03:00:00
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Rates on Calls and Texts to Other Networks to Drop 67%-80% by August

National Telecommunications Commission set to publish order that takes effect 15 days after

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is publishing an order instructing telecommunication companies to lower interconnection rates on calls and texts on Friday, July 20. The order takes effect 15 days after, or in early August. The order is seen to benefit the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 19, 2018 05:00:00
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Will Price of High-Speed Internet Drop Sharply as Globe-PLDT Rivalry in Home Broadband Heats Up?

Globe eyes more affordable 5G packages as it moves to close PLDT’s wide lead in residential Internet

Globe CEO Ernest Cu announced plans to roll out fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology to boost the company's home broadband business by next yearFor years Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc. have been slugging it out to become the country’s leading telecommunications company.After Globe displaced ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | June 11, 2018 10:00:00
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Will Moves to Lift Foreign Restrictions Add to Delays in the Selection of 3rd Telco Player?

The DICT is eyeing end-August but also wants to liberalize telecoms to attract more foreign contenders

Already running late—well past President Rodrigo Duterte’s initial March deadline—the selection of a third telco player is now being pushed back to end-August or early September, according to the latest timetable of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).Nonetheless, the agency ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 04, 2018 03:00:00
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5 Big PH Businesses and Organizations Getting Into Blockchain Technology

Exciting developments discussed during the Enderun Fintech & Blockchain Innovation Summit

The Enderun Fintech & Blockchain Innovation Summit, held last March 21 and 22, featured local and international experts from the financial services and fintech industries“Before the end of the year, at least 20 million Filipinos will experience native blockchain technology.”So claimed Winston Damarillo, ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | April 14, 2018 09:00:00
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Globe, Smart Rush to Boost Mobile Internet Service Ahead of 3rd Telco Entry

Telecom duo’s performance in 4G availability and LTE speeds up from last year

The OpenSignal said that Smart is fast catching up with Globe’s services as it has continuously improved its LTE signal availability and speed scores in the past three reportsThe country’s two wireless telecom service providers, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, posted better ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | March 16, 2018 11:00:00
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PLDT Vows ”?"Fiber-Speed” of 50-100 Mbps for Half of DSL Customers by End-2018

Plans record Php58 billion in capital expenditures as government attracts third telco player

The PLDT Group is committing a record Php58-billion capital spending budget for 2018, as it strengthens its fixed-line and wireless services, PLDT Inc. Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said in a press conference on Tuesday, March 8.“It’s gone up to Php58 billion because ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | March 12, 2018 10:00:00
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Need to Link with Mentors, Investors and Startup Peers? There’s an App for That

QBO Innovation Hub’s new app functions as a social media platform, messaging tool and database in one

QBO Innovation Hub, a Philippine startup enabler backed by both the public and private sectors, launched its new QBO app last March 1. The app aims to be a digital hub where entrepreneurs and startup founders can easily connect with other members ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | March 10, 2018 09:00:00
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Who are the PH Companies Eyeing to Launch the Country’s Third Telco Player?

Get to know the names frequently mentioned in news reports as would-be challengers of the telecom duopoly

Until late last year, a third telecommunications company player to compete with the so-called duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom seemed like wishful thinking, even if President Rodrigo Duterte set a March 2018 deadline for the new telco to be up and ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | March 05, 2018 09:00:00
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Bagnet from Ilocos, Durian Ice Cream from Davao: PLDT Ties up with LGUs to Give Local Producers Free Access to its E-Commerce Platform

Project will initially target five but eventually cover all 81 provinces in the country

Micro, small and medium enterprises based in the provinces may soon be able to tap into a wider market online as telecom giant PLDT Inc. offers its e-commerce solutions platform, TackThis, for free for a year to 81 provinces across the country.“We ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | February 12, 2018 06:00:00
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'Sachet' Banking: Will Php20-Savings Accounts Reduce the 86% of PH Households That Are Unbanked?

The online platform from PLDT’s fintech unit will be available in over 1.2 million sari-sari stores

In the near future, neighborhood sari-sari stores will turn into bank tellers where people can deposit their hard-earned money in small installments.FINTQ, the financial technology unit of PLDT Inc., has begun rolling out microfinance products under the KasamaKA brand that gives banks ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | January 22, 2018 10:00:00
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Can Gov’t Take Frequencies From Globe and PLDT to Give These to the 3rd Telco Player?

Policy makers admit available spectrum is not enough to make new entrant competitive

Hopes for the entry of a new telecommunications player to compete with the duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom surged after President Rodrigo Duterte instructed regulators late last month to ensure that “the third telco player should be up and about ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 18, 2018 07:00:00
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