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New Converge connections available as firm completes upgrades

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Converge ICT says it will be able to accommodate more users after completing its 400 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) backbone rollout in May

Converge eyes nationwide fiber network within 5 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Offering fiber-enabled broadband services in Luzon, Converge announces a 5-year, multi-billion dollar backbone deployment project

China ahead of U.S. in 5G race – report

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:13 PM

China reportedly has ten times more sites supporting 5G communications than the US

5G PARK. Huawei is busy developing 5G technologies and products at their headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

Sky lowers unlimited 5Mbps fiber plan to P999 monthly

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The rate goes down from P1,299 monthly

What you can do with fiber-powered broadband

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Sick of slow internet speeds? It’s time to upgrade!

Government signs agreement to start public Wi-Fi project

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The agreement will jumpstart the work to build Wi-Fi connections in 'public places, including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government offices, hospitals, train stations, airports, and seaports nationwide'

PUBLIC WI-FI. The Department of Communication and Telecommunications (DICT), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) sign a tripartite agreement on June 8, 2018, to start the Duterte administration's national broadband project. Photo courtesy of TransCo

NGCP, DICT agree to partner for National Broadband Program

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The fiber optic network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be used for the program

PLDT plans broadband expansion by 2020

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The listed telecommunications giant is spending over P50 billion every year until 2020

DICT raises concerns over NGCP's fiber optic network offer

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:50 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

NGCP offers to let DICT use fiber optic network for free

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines writes an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it is 'willing and eager' to help develop the National Broadband Network

PH mobile broadband speeds slow down in latest Ookla Speedtest report

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Despite the Philippines being below global averages for mobile and fixed broadband, there appears to be generally steady progress in fixed and mobile broadband speeds

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

Smart LTE faster overall than Globe across PH – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Smart retains top spot in OpenSignal's second report on Philippine mobile networks

Globe prepaid WiFi promo offers 1GB of data for P15

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi subscribers can avail of HomeSURF15 to beef up data allocation

SKY launches P1,899/25Mbps fiber broadband plan with video-on-demand

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:08 PM

Also on offer are 10Mbps, 50Mbps, and 100Mbps plans

DICT acting chief says PH internet like Manila traffic: 'Slow, congested, expensive'

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents band-aid solutions to address the country's need for more cellular towers

New Globe roaming packages go for as low as P300 per day

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Long-term vacationers in the US, South Korea, and Australia can avail of roaming rates that are cheaper than the network's daily roaming rate

Globe peddles prepaid plans to boost broadband sales

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The telco unveils a slew of prepaid and no lock-up postpaid home broadband plans which it hopes will push it towards its target of 2 million more broadband subscribers by 2020

UNVEILED.  Globe unveils its new home broadband plans at an Unlocked event on the evening of October 5, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Globe announces postpaid Internet plans with no lock-up

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Good news for those who are afraid of commitment when it comes to broadband at home

Globe Unlocked event on October 5, 2017

De Lima seeks probe into alleged corruption in DICT project

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:35 PM

'Allegations of corruption and interference are too significant to ignore, especially in the midst of the most ambitious government information technology (IT) project in history,' says Senator Leila de Lima

PROBE. Senator Leila de Lima seeks a Senate probe into the alleged political interference and corruption in the Department of Information and Communications Technology. Photo from the DICT Facebook page

Duterte signs law providing free internet in public places

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Republic Act 10929 requires public places like hospitals transport terminals and government offices to provide free internet in main congregation points

Globe begins rollout of 2600 MHz wireless network tech

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The telco says the new massive MIMO technology improves capacity up to 6 times compared to a regular site

DICT assures sustained push for 3 big projects at grand event

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Ongoing projects – Pipol Konek the National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal – star at big launch hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Duterte urged to sign EOs for faster internet, online gov’t portal

Jun 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

DICT chief Rodolfo Salalima wants local government units to speed up processing of permits for the construction of cell sites

PH has slowest average internet speed in Asia Pacific – report

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:41 PM

The global average internet connection speed is 7 2 Mbps but the Philippines falls short with an average of 5 5 Mbps

Converge ICT launches 25Mbps monthly broadband plan at P1500

May 17, 2017 - 7:21 PM

The fiber only internet service provider also introduces FiberXtreme 300Mbps P4500 and 500Mbps P7000 a month plans

Free WiFi in public places soon to be a law

May 16, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed on the final version of the proposed measure

Rappler file photo

Give NTC 'more teeth' for better Nat'l Broadband Plan – PCC

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

How can the Philippines have cheaper and better internet? Here are recommendations from the Philippine Competition Commission

What is the National Broadband Plan?

Mar 26, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The National Broadband Plan is developed to address the longstanding issue of Internet connection quality in the Philippines Here s what you need to know

DICT: 48% of employees to be affected by automation

Mar 14, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The statistic underscores the need to urgently improve public access to the internet and information

RETHINKING PROCESSES. Rodolfo Salalima, center, addresses the need for society to adjust with the advent of automation. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

'Faster, cheaper' internet via DICT's national broadband plan

Mar 10, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The network's goal is to provide by 2020 at least 10 Mbps connection to households 'from north to south' at an affordable price

CLEARER PICTURE. It was in October 2016 when DICT met with President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the department's creation of a national broadband plan. With the approval of Duterte last Monday, the picture becomes clearer. Rappler file photo

How to improve your home broadband experience

Feb 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Whether you are gaming streaming or simply browsing this powerful wireless router makes it seamless and lag free

PH spends most time online and on social media – report

Jan 30, 2017 - 9:31 PM

The country s average speed of 4 2 Mbps – below the 6 3 Mbps global average – does not dissuade Filipinos from logging long hours online

Here's how much your broadband rates have dropped

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

While the past years have seen sharp declines in the price per Mbps rates of broadband packages they remain costly compared to other countries

Chinese suppliers set sights on PH national broadband plan – DICT

Nov 08, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Asked if ZTE Corporation is one of them DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima replies: Your guess is as good as mine

NORTH TO SOUTH. DICT met with President Rodrigo Duterte early October to discuss the department's creation of a national broadband plan, which he said could cost 'between P77 billion and P199 billion' if built from scratch. Rappler file photo

Avocado, 4 new players enter PH telco industry

Nov 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM

An ICT group insists there s no sufficient spectrum for more competitors

NEW PLAYERS. These new telco players are Avocado Broadband Telecoms, Ama Telecommunications, Infinivan, Metro Connections and Telecom, as well as Megamanila Telecom. Photo by Rappler

Globe to tap unused TV frequencies to expand broadband reach

Sep 26, 2016 - 12:55 PM

The telco is set to roll out internet connectivity delivered through TV white space in the Visayas and Mindanao

DIGITAL HITCHHIKING. Globe claims to be the first PH telco to use the ingenious solution of carrying an Internet connection through TV frequencies. Illustration by Nina Martinez

SONA 2016: Duterte vows faster internet, free Wi-Fi

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The President asks the new DICT office to come up with a national broadband plan for better internet infrastructure and speeds

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

PH telcos told: Make most of Wi-Fi, target youth

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The youth are an interesting segment to target in the Philippines says Sean Gowran president and country manager of Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands

TARGET NICHE. Ericsson's Gowran has a recommendation to local telcos: Youth is an interesting segment to target in the Philippines. Photo by Ericsson

PLDT, Globe sign IP peering deal after 6 years

Jun 16, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Globe s Gil Genio says the arrangement will ultimately lead to more affordable Internet services for subscribers

IP PEERING. Senator Bam Aquino (C) witnesses the signing of the memorandum of agreement between PLDT and Globe on IP Peering. Photo from PLDT, Inc.

Rappler Talk: ICT infrastructure and its impact on national development

Jun 06, 2016 - 4:19 PM

What is technology’s role in the country’s transition to a new government? Maria Ressa interviews Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu

Last minute, again: Comelec to lease more satellite devices

May 05, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon who dissented says of the decision to lease more BGAN satellite devices: Why only now?

LAST MINUTE. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) makes another last-minute decision: to lease BGAN satellite devices for the May 9 elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Globe brings Fiber to Binondo SMEs, eyes $2B rollout

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Globe partners with the Manila City government to speed up the process of laying network infrastructure for its high speed projects

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

5 Moments that made us say ‘thank you, technology’

Feb 09, 2016 - 5:07 PM

Missed birthday? LDR Problems? Technology saves the day

Statistics on broadband and mobile Internet in the PH

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:18 PM

How can ICT push national development? Here s a guide

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

Globe CEO on Telstra: I'm not scared of ghosts

Nov 05, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Anyone who comes in is a threat; but I m not going to react to a threat that s not real Sign the contract and we’ll play Globe s Ernest Cu on possible Telstra San Miguel entry

SECURE THE DEAL FIRST. Ernest Cu says Globe will only consider the possible entry of Telstra-San Miguel in its game plan once the deal is signed. Photo from Globe Telecom

Globe launches own 1-Gbps broadband offering for P9,499

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:32 PM

The Platinum Broadband Plans at minimum P2 499 53 71 for speeds of up to 50 Mbps are initially available on October 24 and in select areas only

UPGRADED. Globe says that with its new Platinum Broadband Plans, home broadband customers can enjoy a broadband plan with Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps at Plan P9,499 ($204.15).

Globe to upgrade bandwidth on broadband plans by October 24 - report

Oct 21, 2015 - 8:02 PM

The leaked document shows Globe lowering the price of 50Mbps and 100Mbps connections significantly for Platinum Home Broadband plans in select high end subdivisions and condominiums