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LTE faster than WiFi-enabled fixed connections for PH smartphone users

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:31 PM

From August to November 2018, the Philiippines' download speeds average 9.6 Mbps for LTE, 7.6Mbps for WiFi-enabled fixed connections, and 6.3 Mbps connections for overall mobile connections including 2G and 3G

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Interconnection rates will be lowered to welcome third telco – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:48 PM

President Duterte says that by lowering interconnection rates, incoming players can have access to existing networks at a much lower cost

Havana protests U.S. move to boost internet access in Cuba

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The communist-ruled island is one of the least connected countries in the world

INTERNET IN CUBA. A woman uses public WiFi to connect her phone in a street of Havana, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Sorry muna, Jack Ma, internet nami'y makupad pa!

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kung susuriin ang kontribusyon at impact ng internet sa pag-unlad ng mga ekonomiya at pagbuti ng kabuhayan, dapat seryosohin ng pamahalaan ang pagpapabuti nito

Inflight internet ready to take off

Jun 22, 2017 - 12:21 PM

By 2021 more than 17 000 airliners – or nearly half the global fleet of commercial aircraft – will be equipped for inflight internet according to a recent study by the Euroconsult firm That is close to triple the 6 500 planes equipped in 2016

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Jun 02, 2017 - 3:24 PM

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Internet blackout strangles Cameroon start-ups

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:37 PM

Cameroon s 4 internet providers which include France s Orange and South African owned MTN tell clients internet services were no longer available due to reasons outside of our control

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

'Likely hacker attack' hits almost 1 million German homes

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Around 900 000 customers using specific models of router are affected Deutsche Telekom says with some unable to connect at all while others suffer intermittent problems

INTERNET DOWN. This file photo taken on March 10, 2014 shows a Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile logo hanging under pink umbrellas at the stand of the German telecommunications giant during the 2014 CeBIT computer technology trade fair in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Over half of world's population does not use Internet – UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:07 AM

One problem is the cost of fixed broadband access which has fallen globally over the last decade but remained clearly unaffordable in many of the world s poorest countries

INTERNET. More than half the world's population does not use the Internet according to a United Nations report. Image from Shutterstock

P1.76B earmarked for free Wi-Fi in proposed 2017 budget

Sep 04, 2016 - 6:45 PM

With the proposed funding the project which aims to provide free broadband internet access to 1 462 towns and 44 key cities nationwide is sustained says Senator Ralph Recto

APEC 2015: Robust Internet needed to link MSMEs to global supply chain

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:26 PM

The Philippines slow Internet bandwidth could be putting the brakes on its own attempts to push its micro small and medium enterprises MSMEs to the forefront of the Asia Pacific region

PUTTING BRAKES. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says 'Internet connection is the bedrock of entrepreneurs.' In the photo are GoNegosyo's Joey Concepcion, Magsaysay Shipping's Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Aquino. Photos from Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

Facebook ready to test Internet-beaming drones

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:40 AM

Jay Parikh: A full scale version of Aquila – the high altitude long endurance aircraft designed by our aerospace team in the UK – is now complete and ready for flight testing

AQUILA. Screenshot from Facebook video

Prioritize free Wi-Fi in hospitals, airports, trains – Recto

Jul 26, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Recto said free Wi Fi access in major government hospitals is important so that the sick and those take care or treat them can have a lifeline they can use to call a friend

Growing Internet use in PH good for education – study

Mar 21, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Generally people who have access to the Internet are more positive about its societal influence says US based Pew Research Center

Free Philippine Wifi initiative set for July

Mar 17, 2015 - 7:16 PM

Users get speeds of 256 kbps to check the Internet with data caps imposed to curb abuse

FREE WIFI. File photo by Michael Josh Villanueva

Internet adoption slows for 4th year in a row –

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:14 PM

According to the report Internet adoption slows from 14 7 in 2010 to just 6 6 in 2014

STATE OF CONNECTIVITY. Image from Facebook Newsroom.

Love in the time of online dating

Feb 14, 2015 - 10:30 AM

There has been a noticeable rise in online dating usage particularly days leading to Valentine’s and noobs or newbies tend to be the most active users on days following February 14

How e-commerce can tug at your heartstrings

Feb 13, 2015 - 6:46 PM

Online virtual encounters can come full circle You ll never know who and what you ll find

Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

Jan 15, 2015 - 11:40 AM

After meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Zuckerberg signs an agreement with the government to offer the Internet org app for free to subscribers of the Tigo mobile phone service

ZUCKERBERG. Mark Zuckerberg discusses how the Town Hall Q&A will operate. Screen shot from Facebook video.

Smart free Internet offer extends to February 5

Jan 05, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company assures subscribers that it is ready to absorb the surge in free mobile Internet usage

DOJ prepares new advisory vs ‘deceptive’ ISP ads

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:21 PM

The Department of Justice Office of Competition urges customers to report Internet Service Providers that do not deliver on their advertised promises

Senate recommends P3B fund for free public WiFi in PH

Nov 21, 2014 - 2:44 PM

The DOST has identified 50 872 free Wi Fi spots nationwide

MORE WI-FI SPOTS. The Senate has recommended wider access to WiFi spots in the country. File photo by Michael Josh Villanueva

Telcos to explain expensive but slow Internet at NTC hearing

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:11 PM

The end goal is for a law that would identify broadband as a basic service so that the government could regulate it

Of 4.4 billion without Internet, 62 million are in PH

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:10 AM

In the Philippines the greatest challenges lie in seeing incentives for Internet use and providing sufficient infrastructure

Smart network expands free Internet offer, extends to Jan 5

Oct 03, 2014 - 3:22 PM

The free service now covers the 72 million subscribers of the PLDT group including postpaid and broadband subscribers

Globe’s free Facebook offer returns Oct 3

Oct 03, 2014 - 2:18 PM

The Ayala led telecommunications firm will roll out access to Facebook to its 43 million subscribers from October 3 to 5

Globe expands LTE coverage in Visayas and Mindanao

Sep 26, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Globe partners with French firm Alcatel Lucent to upgrade the regions from WiMax to 4G in a bid to provide faster connectivity experience

Smart offers free Internet to prepaid subscribers

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:57 AM

3rd UPDATE All active mobile prepaid subscribers have to do is maintain a P1 load to start using 30MB of data starting Friday September 26

Deliver as advertised, DOJ warns Internet service providers

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Justice says it will not hesitate to sanction companies that are short changing their Internet subscribers

UN report: Only 37% of Filipinos have Internet access

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:54 PM

The Philippines ranks 106th out of 191 countries evaluated in the report

Asia-America Gateway Internet cable suffers break

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:07 PM

UPDATED Reports say the break in the Asia America Gateway occurred somewhere between Hong Kong and Vietnam

160 gov't offices linked by fiber optic cables by September

Jul 22, 2014 - 4:28 PM

In time citizens will be able to avail themselves of government services in front of their own laptops instead of having to wait in line in front of government offices

‘Make Internet a basic service in PH’

May 28, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Senators express their frustration over slow and expensive Internet connection in the Philippines proposing to regulate this to set standards

REGULATE SPEED? Senators propose regulating Internet price and speed at a hearing on

Undersea cables restored, Internet connectivity back to normal

Apr 08, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The cuts affecting Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 are now fixed so users can expect better connectivity in the days ahead

RESTORED. The Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 appears to be fully restored.

Damaged undersea cables affect Internet in PH, Asia-Pacific

Mar 31, 2014 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED Damage to the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 is causing Internet connectivity issues for many in the Asia Pacifc region

Wifi in the sky looks set for takeoff

Mar 02, 2014 - 12:51 PM

Wifi in aircraft hobbled in the past by slow speeds could soon take off as new technology enables passengers to surf the web

Zuckerberg praises partner Globe in plan to 'connect the world'

Feb 25, 2014 - 1:14 PM

At the 2014 Mobile World Conference Zuckerberg talks about connecting people Whatsapp and the long term view

ZUCKERBERG SPEAKS. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg describes his plans to connect the world at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 24. Screen shot from Mobile World Live stream.

NTC summons Globe on data caps, eyes new fair use rules

Feb 08, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The National Telecommuncations Commission is looking into new rules for data caps in the Philippines and is asking Globe why people are complaining

DATA CAPS. The NTC is trying to get more info on data caps following increasing complaints

New coalition aims to push Internet costs down

Oct 09, 2013 - 7:30 AM

The Alliance for Affordable Internet is pushing for legislation to make Internet connectivity around the world more affordable

CHEAPER INTERNET. The Alliance for Affordable Internet wants to make getting online significantly more affordable. Image from

Mark Zuckerberg's plan to connect the world

Oct 02, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Speaking for Internet org Mark Zuckerberg outlines what needs to be done to get everyone online

THE PLAN. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook outlines the plan to make the Internet 100 times more affordable for everyone. Screen shot from Youtube

#ThinkPH: Solving 'wicked problems' using the Internet

Aug 23, 2013 - 2:12 PM

Internet driven technology enables us to solve problems from the bottom up

WICKED PROBLEMS. Internet-enabled technology can help us tackle problems like poverty, corruption and climate change. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler aims to bring Internet to all

Aug 21, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Internet org aims to bring the Internet to everyone

INTERNET.ORG'S GOALS. is a global partnership that aims to speed up Internet adoption around the world. Screen shot from

EU, Japan team up for better Internet

Jul 08, 2013 - 8:15 PM

The European Commission and Japan announce 6 projects intended to improve the Internet

INTERNET TEAM-UP. The European Commission and Japan are teaming up to work on a better Internet.

Taiwan offers free WiFi to tourists

May 22, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Taiwan opens up its public WiFi hotspots for tourism purposes

TOURISM CONNECTIONS. Taiwan introduces free WiFi hotspots for tourists. Photo from Taiwan Tourism Board

Syria's Internet 'restored' after blackout

May 09, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Activists blamed the Syrian authorities for the Internet blackout

BACK ONLINE. Syria's Internet returns following a two-day blackout

Google Glass for consumers will 'take a while': Schmidt

Apr 27, 2013 - 7:52 AM

Google s much hyped Internet connected eyewear costs 1 500 a pair

GOOGLE GLASS: A visitor of the "NEXT Berlin" conference tries out the Google Glass on April 24, 2013 in Berlin. Photo by AFP

Google to test TV White Spaces in Africa

Mar 26, 2013 - 2:55 PM

Google will try to prove the viability of TV White Spaces in providing Internet connectivity to portions of Cape Town South Africa

AFRICAN CONNECTIVITY. Google hopes to test and prove the viability of White Space tech in providing Internet to Africa.