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Cavite student wins annual DPC-PLDT visual arts contest

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The winning entries will grace the covers of the 2018-19 White and Yellow Pages PLDT directories

PLDT opposes DOLE order on contractual workers' regularization

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Manuel Pangilinan led telco says there is no evidence proving that it violated the rules of the Department of Labor and Employment

NO EVIDENCE. Manuel Pangilinan-led PLDT questions the absence of evidence and the use of 'template' findings by the DOLE on its regularization order. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

George Ty and MVP transaction is best deal of 2016 – IHAP

Mar 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The deal that brought together two of the biggest conglomerates in the country is recognized as the most innovative and complex

BEST DEAL. George Ty's GT Capital Holdings acquired 15% of Manuel V. Pangilinan's Metro Pacific Investment Corporation in 2016.

PCC: San Miguel telco deal rushed to evade PCC rules

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:30 AM

In acquiring San Miguel s assets PCC says PLDT and Globe made a conscious effort to ensure the acquisition will be beyond the reach of the law

BATTLE LINES DRAWN. PLDT and Globe remain at odds with the PCC over the San Miguel telco buyout deal. Photo of Pangilinan (L) by AFP, photo of Balisacan (R) by Malacañang

San Miguel telco buyout creates 'more barriers' to entry – experts

Aug 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Has the feasibility of a 3rd player in the near future been quashed by the deal? My answer is a qualified yes says a senior research fellow of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies

GAME CHANGER. Hopes of San Miguel coming in as 3rd player were shattered after the two telecom giants bought all of its assets last May. Background photo from Shutterstock

Court approves consolidation of PLDT, Globe petitions vs PCC

Aug 04, 2016 - 4:10 PM

The Court of Appeals approves Globe Telecom s urgent motion to consolidate its petition with that of PLDT – days after it junked the telco s appeal to stop gov t review of the buyout deal

BATTLE LINES DRAWN. The chiefs of PLDT, Globe and PCC maintain different stance on San Miguel telco buyout deal. Pangilinan's (left) photo by Agence France-Presse, while Balisacan's (right) photo by Malacañang

PLDT's income drops by 33% on Rocket Internet losses

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:00 PM

To compensate its increased spending PLDT cuts its dividend payout to 60 of core income from 75

IMPAIRMENT LOSSES. Despite the disappointing performance of Rocket Internet, PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says his telco will hold on to the investment. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PLDT expands ties with Japan's NTT for 100Gbps ultra-bandwidth

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:20 AM

With the 100Gbps ultra bandwidth connectivity PLDT says it will be able to handle traffic bursts and scale up faster to accommodate subscriber demands

BIGGEST YET. PLDT says this partnership deal will result to 'high-capacity Internet protocol connectivity covering Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania.' Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PCC tells CA: Consolidation a 'ploy to forum shop'

Jul 31, 2016 - 4:01 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission calls Globe Telecom s plea to consolidate its petition with that of PLDT as an attempt to forum shop for a more favorable ruling by the 12th Division

'PROCEDURAL ABSURDITY.' PCC says the consolidation of Globe’s and PLDT’s cases 'will prejudice the rights of [PCC] and may result into a procedural absurdity'

CA junks Globe's plea to stop review of San Miguel telco buyout

Jul 22, 2016 - 10:43 PM

The undue haste exhibited by the parties to run to the courts to stop PCC s review is now confirmed as unjustified the Philippine Competition Commission says

NOT A TYPICAL DEAL. With San Miguel entrusting its prized 700 megahertz spectrum to Globe and PLDT, will this mean better, more reasonable Internet services for subscribers? Photo from Shutterstock

Battle lines drawn over San Miguel's telco buyout deal

Jul 21, 2016 - 9:27 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission argues the deal between PLDT Globe and San Miguel falls within the scope of its review

KEY PLAYERS. (from left) PLDT head Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan, and Globe chief Ernest Cu are at an impasse over the San Miguel telco buyout. File photos

PCC, telcos meet to discuss San Miguel telco buyout

Jul 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM

After the dialogue the PCC stands by its position that PLDT s and Globe s acquisition of SMC s telco business is not deemed approved

REMAINS HANGING. The acquisition of San Miguel's telco assets by PLDT and Globe remains hanging. In the photo: Manuel V. Pangilinan (L) laughs with Ray Espinosa (R) on a comment on PLDT and Globe's marriage. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Ongpin's PhilWeb seeks 3-day trading suspension

Jul 04, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Share price of PhilWeb on Friday July 1 fell by as much as 22 13 on reports that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to stop online gambling

IN DANGER. The steep decline in PhilWeb's stock price would affect the company's plan to raise P6 billion through treasury shares sale. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Jobless soon: 400 consultants of scrapped 3rd telco player

Jun 30, 2016 - 5:39 PM

Due to a change in business direction all 400 consultants under BellTel will lose their jobs by September this year

'BLINDSIDED'. 'We are disappointed. We felt cheated,' one of the over 160 terminated consultants says

PLDT bets on Mindanao's sunny outlook

Jun 20, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Although demand for big data in Mindanao isn t that strong yet PLDT says the future seems bright given the change in leadership

RIDING THE WAVE. PLDT bets on the sunny economic outlook of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown: Davao

PLDT's digital pivot spills over to Japan

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:09 AM

The digital pivot won t stop at Tokyo It will continue in Hong Kong Singapore and Malaysia says the chief of PLDT Global

STRONGEST. PLDT's partnership with NTT will  help leverage its position against telecom giants KDDI and SoftBank. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

The other side of San Miguel's telco buyout

Jun 17, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Over 900 workers and hundreds of cell sites face uncertainty because of the San Miguel deal with PLDT and Globe

UNFULFILLED TELCO AMBITION. Despite the botched partnership with Telstra Corporation, San Miguel was expected to launch this 2016 its mobile services through BellTel

PLDT, Globe resubmit SMC telco buyout report to PCC

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:10 PM

But PLDT and Globe clarify they are not abandoning their stance that the deal is already deemed approved and may no longer be challenged by the PCC

STERN TEST. Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman Arsenio Balisacan (center) tells PLDT head Manuel V. Pangilinan (left) and Globe chief Ernest Cu (right) that they cannot proceed with the terms of the deal until the PCC approves their report.

The meaning behind new PLDT, Smart logos

Jun 14, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Responding to the criticism of netizens the PLDT chairman says the change is just one of the many needed steps to digital pivot

REBRANDING. PLDT chairman says the new logos symbolize 'the powerful convergence of PLDT and Smart, combining fixed and wireless technologies to serve individual and enterprise customers'

PLDT, Globe shares down as PCC keeps an eye on SMC telco deal

Jun 13, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The PCC warns PLDT and Globe of possible violations should they not comply with the watchdog s rules

FACES STERN TEST. PCC Chairman Balisacan (center) tells PLDT head Pangilinan (left) and Globe chief Cu (right) that they cannot proceed with the terms of the deal until the agency approves their report

PCC rejects PLDT, Globe report on San Miguel telco buyout

Jun 10, 2016 - 6:52 PM

UPDATED Despite the anti trust body s decision PLDT and Globe firm up their stance saying the PCC has no power to undo their deal based on its claim

'NOT DEEMED APPROVED.' The chairman of PCC says the telco buyout deal is 'not deemed approved'

Globe wish list for Duterte: Submarine cables, less red tape

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Globe Telecom president and CEO Ernest Cu cites extreme difficulty in getting permits noting that they had to cut their target for cell site deployment

CROSSED WIRES. Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu says telcos still grapple with numerous bureaucratic red tape. Screenshot from Rappler video

Globe, PLDT activate 1st 700 MHz cell sites

Jun 07, 2016 - 5:30 PM

3rd UPDATE Globe will initially activate 200 LTE cell sites using the 700 MHz frequency while PLDT plans to roll out 360 cell sites this year

HEAD-TO-HEAD. Globe and PLDT say the 700 MHz frequency is key to provide faster internet speeds in the country, as it can easily penetrate buildings and walls and has greater coverage with fewer infrastructure needed

Think tank urges gov't review of San Miguel telco assets sale

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:03 PM

The Foundation for Economic Freedom also calls on Congress to conduct a probe into the deal

MAKING A DENT. Monopolies and duopolies in strategic sectors like telecommunications are the reasons the Philippine economic growth for the past years is not making a dent in the poverty rate

Ongpin's PhilWeb to raise P6B for aggressive expansion

Jun 01, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Meanwhile Ongpin s property unit Alphaland says it is in talks with 3 foreign investors

7-11 OF GAMING. PhilWeb does not see Resorts World and Solaire as a threat. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

San Miguel says it barely made money from telco divestment

May 31, 2016 - 6:34 PM

San Miguel s Ramon Ang says PLDT and Globe approached the conglomerate regarding the buyout of its telecommunication assets

MIXED SENTIMENTS. Shares of San Miguel go up after the announcement of the sale of its telco business. In the photo is Ramon Ang. Photo by Agence-France Presse

San Miguel's sale of telco business: Will consumers benefit?

May 31, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines major telco rivals stand together raising concerns about competition and consumer interest

NOT A TYPICAL DEAL. With San Miguel entrusting its prized 700 megahertz spectrum to Globe and PLDT, will this mean better, more reasonable Internet services for subscribers? Photo from Shutterstock

San Miguel selling telco assets to PLDT, Globe

May 30, 2016 - 9:29 AM

4th UPDATE San Miguel sells its telecommunication business to PLDT and Globe a couple of months after its talks with Telstra Corporation failed

MIXED SENTIMENTS. Shares of Globe and PLDT went up after the announcement of the acquisition of San Miguel's telco business. In the photo are Ramon Ang (L), Ernest Cu (C), and Manuel Pangilinan (R)

PLDT's Q1 net income dips as it continues digital pivot

May 03, 2016 - 6:17 PM

PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V Pangilinan says competition remains intense and the shift to lower margin revenues continues

DIGITAL PIVOT. PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan (middle) says strong gains in data, broadband and digital services, compensate for continued declines in long distance and SMS revenues. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PLDT partners with Japan's NTT for new mobile data service

May 01, 2016 - 11:10 PM

PLDT says the new mobile data service targets the roughly 240 000 Filipinos residing in Japan

STRENGTHEN FOOTPRINT. Japan's NTT group owns 20% stake in Philippines' PLDT

PLDT ICT unit: Banks must step up measures vs cyber crimes

Apr 18, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Some financial institutions have inadequate protection from cyber attacks – a cause for concern as the country s networks are said to be growing more vulnerable

VULNERABLE. A large percentage of computers in the Philippines have been invaded by malware -- the same intrusive software initially found to have allowed the illegal electronic transfer of funds in the Bangladesh case

PLDT targets to link 1,500 MSMEs to supply chain

Apr 13, 2016 - 5:06 PM

At TechIsland 3 0 Silicon Valley veterans and industry leaders will talk about conquering new territories through different technology tools and mindsets that are apt for today s dynamic landscape

INCLUSIVE GROWTH. PLDT cites own initiative to help small players to the supply chain. File photo from Rappler

PLDT drops 'long distance,' soon to be called PLDT, Inc

Apr 13, 2016 - 9:16 AM

With the availability of free voice over Internet protocol VoIP services like Viber are long distance telephone calls a thing of the past?

INTENSE. PLDT expects intense competition to further cut its earnings this year. File photo by Agence France-Presse

PH gov't loses P250M yearly with embargo of 700MHz – Globe

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Existing operators and new entrants are drawn to the 700 MHz frequency band to unlock the growth potential in the Philippines relatively unsophisticated market

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL. The 700 MHz band is key for expanding mobile broadband into the outlying islands and rural provinces in the Philippines. Image from Shutterstock

PLDT pours $5M into California-based Matrixx Software

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:35 PM

PLDT Capital says it partnered with Matrix to have a real time customer centric platform that could jumpstart its entry into the digital market without a lengthy IT project

NEW INVESTMENT. Matrixx provides a real-time digital commerce platform for creating and monetizing content and services. Photo from Matrixx website

PLDT, Globe shares up, SMC down after Telstra talks collapse

Mar 14, 2016 - 1:53 PM

The two telco giants say they re not changing their strategy following the end of the San Miguel Corporation Telstra talks

MIXED SENTIMENTS. Shares of Globe and PLDT went up after the announcement of the collapsed joint venture talks between Telstra and San Miguel

San Miguel Corp, Telstra end joint venture plan

Mar 14, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Even without Telstra San Miguel says it will still switch on a superior telecommunications network as scheduled

NO DEAL. Both Telstra's Andrew Penn (left) and San Miguel's Ramon Ang (right) say they did not agree on commercial arrangements

PLDT now owns 7.5% share in Kuala Lumpur's iflix

Mar 12, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Iflix will use the fresh funds to accelerate its growth in Malaysia Thailand and the Philippines as well as enter new markets

RIDING ON DEMAND. By 2020, the total number of video-on-demand subscribers globally is expected to reach 250 million, up over 1000% from 2010. Image from Shutterstock

The future of 700 MHz band remains unclear

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The future of the prized 700 megahertz frequency remains unclear with 3 of the country s largest corporations exhausting all means to get hold of the band

IN LIMBO. Until now, NTC has not responded to Globe's and PLDT's requests, leaving the two companies in limbo

PLDT expects lowest core net income in over a decade

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Its projected core net income for 2016 is the lowest since 2003 s P17 17 billion 361 81 million

PIVOT OR PERISH. PLDT Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan (in the middle) says digital shift will not happen without any pain. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

GCash, PayMaya team up to boost mobile money usage

Feb 24, 2016 - 9:00 PM

This marks the first successful interoperability trial in Southeast Asia between two mobile money providers

INTEROPERABILITY. Users of PayMaya can soon send funds to users of GCash and other mobile money systems

Biz groups, think tanks weigh in: How can PH broadband improve?

Feb 24, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Proposed solutions to fix low quality broadband include amending laws and leveling the playing field

SIGNIFICANT TO COMMERCE. A better Internet connectivity plays a significant role in commerce, education, and tourism,the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Incorporated says. Photo from Arangkada Philippines Twitter account

Globe spends, makes money on mobile data phenomenon

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Globe says it needs to adjust its plans to accommodate a key market shift – the mobile data revolution

MARKET SHIFT. Local telcos, like Globe, have the opportunity to capture bigger revenue rewards from the mobile data revolution. Shutterstock image

PLDT, PCCW Global sign interconnection deal for PH-HK route

Jan 13, 2016 - 2:05 PM

The deal enables PCCW Global and the telco to expand their relationship in new market segments while improving their existing portfolios for fixed mobile and international subscribers

MORE INTERCONNECTION. The deal allows PLDT to enjoy access to PCCW Global's MobileXchange service suite, giving the telco opportunity to differentiate itself in roaming and in domestic services.

NTC to set minimum advertised speed for mobile broadband

Jan 12, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The regulator also plans to start testing Internet speeds in mobile devices before elections in May

Telstra-San Miguel venture a bumpy, costly ride – think tank

Dec 15, 2015 - 6:01 PM

Australian telecommunications think tank Creator Tech Pty Ltd says Telstra’s possible joint venture with San Miguel could result in a high priced failure

LONG, BUMPY RIDE. An Australian telecommunications think tank says without the 700 MHz spectrum, there is no mobile business possible. In the photo are Telstra's Andrew Penn (left) and San Miguel's Ramon Ang (right)

700 MHz band to aid smartphone penetration uptake – Ericsson

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:59 PM

The 700 MHz band will aid the expected uptake in smartphone penetration in 2018 Ericsson says

UNIVERSAL COVERAGE. To provide universal coverage for smartphone users in the Philippines, Ericsson says the re-allocation of the 700 MHz frequency band is a big help.

GMA-7 rejects Pacquiao, Singson acquisition offers

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:15 PM

For now GMA 7 stakeholders want to focus on growing the business and increasing its value says CEO Felipe Gozon

REJECTED. Manny Pacquiao, Chavit Singson, and Ramon Ang were among the rejected suitors who offered to acquire a stake in GMA Network

PLDT, Microsoft team up for TVolution Stick

Dec 08, 2015 - 5:55 PM

PLDT shifts to delivering more entertainment options to Filipino households through the Southeast Asian debut of Microsoft manufactured TVolution Stick

FROM SECURITY TO ENTERTAINMENT. PLDT Home says it now focuses on delivering varying entertainment options for its consumers, after launching several products centered on home security. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PLDT eyes legal action vs NTC director

Dec 01, 2015 - 8:05 PM

PLDT says NTC Director Edgardo Cabarios made misleading statements in favor of San Miguel

RIVALRY ON FREQUENCY BANDS. PLDT says NTC's Cabarios statements confuse local and foreign investors who have been closely following developments in the Philippine telecommunication sector.