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LRT-1 operator offers contact-tracing tool

LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of  Light Rail Transit Line (LRT)-1, introduced Wednesday a contact-tracing tool that it will offer to its passengers, as part of its health and safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Globe, Smart among ‘most improved’ telcos globally

UK-BASED Opensignal Ltd. said Smart Communications, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. had been identified as among the top 30 mobile network operators globally where users have seen “the greatest improvement” in 4G availability and video experience, respectively.

More efforts needed to fight cyber crimes as countries move to...

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES Co., Ltd. said the global community needs to step up efforts to stop cyber crimes as countries starting to adopt the fifth generation (5G) of cellular technology may become more vulnerable to attacks.

Globe claims broadband prices dropped by over 60% since 2016

GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. said Tuesday the prices per gigabyte (GB) of its broadband services have gone down by more than 60% since 2016.

Gov’t seeking to automate port ticketing

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said Tuesday that they are planning to implement an automated ticketing system at all ports by 2021, to cut out fixers and scalpers while improving maritime security.

MacroAsia, China firm miss Sangley filing anew

MACROASIA CORP. and its partner Chinese firm are again asking the Cavite government to give them more time to complete the final requirements for the $10-billion Sangley Point International Airport after they missed the deadline, the provincial governor said.

Megawide-led group bags Malolos-Clark railway project contract

MEGAWIDE Construction Corp. and its Korean partners Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. and Dong-ah Geological Engineering Company Ltd. have bagged the Malolos-Clark Railway Project package 1 contract, which covers the construction of a 17-kilometer viaduct structure and elevated station buildings in Calumpit, Bulacan and Apalit, Pampanga.

Amid lockdown, home buyers see appeal of integrated communities

RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS within integrated communities are likely to be most appealing to buyers post-pandemic, property consultancy firms said.

No identified fourth major telecommunications player — NTC

THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has not identified a “fourth” major telecommunications player, an official said Monday.

PLDT says lockdown left 300 areas inaccessible for repairs, installations

PLDT Inc. and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. said they have asked the government to make more than 300 areas accessible for installation and repair works.

European lawmakers want to revoke Philippine trade perks over rights abuses

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter and Jenina P. Ibañez, Reporter The European Parliament on Thursday voted to revoke tariff perks enjoyed by Philippine products...

SEIPI, Malaysian counterparts to collaborate on sci-tech center

The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI) said Friday it is collaborating with Malaysian industry associations to set up a...

Manila falls to near bottom of global ‘smart cities’ list

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter  THE Philippine capital slipped 10 spots in the Global Smart City Index released on Thursday by the Switzerland-based Institute...

DITO cites deal with US firms amid concerns over China ties

DITO Telecommunity Corp. is investing P1 billion in cybersecurity solutions this year to be supplied by 12 technology firms based in the United States, a company official said on Thursday after various groups questioned its ties with a Chinese telecommunications company.

Puregold adds feature in mobile app for Globe prepaid customers

GLOBE Telecom, Inc. announced Thursday a new feature added to Puregold Price Club, Inc.’s mobile app for the loading needs of its prepaid customers.

Pandemic leaves local shipbuilders high and dry

THE PHILIPPINE shipbuilding industry is feeling the pain as new orders have dried up amid the recession.

Cebu Pacific, Axa to offer ‘non-travel’ insurance 

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific and insurance company Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corp. have partnered to offer non-travel insurance products.

Chelsea’s new passenger vessel from Japan to sail soon

Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corp. said its new passenger ferry from Japan, the MV Starlite Venus, will soon start plying the Batangas-Iloilo-Bacolod-Batangas route.

ABS-CBN says recall of frequencies has no additional impact

ABS-CBN CORP. said the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) order recalling all its frequencies has no additional impact on the company.

DICT clears 23 firms to start building common cell towers

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said Tuesday it issued provisional certificates to 23 tower companies, allowing them to own, construct, manage, and operate common towers hosting cellular sites.

Airlines await P700-M loan from Bayanihan II

THE Air Carriers Association of the Philippines (ACAP) on Monday said about P700 million had been allocated for local airlines from the law that sets out the government’s recovery plan in response to the pandemic, on top of the P10 billion they expect from state financial institutions to lend to or invest in the industry.

PLDT studies opportunities in ABS-CBN’s SkyCable

PLDT, Inc. said Monday it was exploring opportunities in Sky Cable Corp., a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corp. 

PAL launches deals to boost air travel demand

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is offering promotional low fares aimed at boosting air travel during the last quarter of the year and the first six months of 2021, its spokesperson said.

Converge ICT, Nokia target to connect 300,000 customers in Mindanao 

FIBER internet provider Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. and multinational telecommunications firm Nokia Corp. are hoping to connect over 300,000 customers in Mindanao to their “ultra-broadband” services in the next three years.

US firm BridgeComm considers PHL entry to support 5G rollout

BRIDGECOMM, Inc., a US-based optical wireless communications solutions provider, is in talks with a Philippine telecommunications firm to provide support for the ongoing rollout of 5G connectivity in the country.

Travel restrictions hit Makati subway construction

THE builder of the Makati City subway is unable to start the construction of the project due to travel restrictions.

SB Corp. to stretch out loan fund for MSMEs with bank...

THE Small Business Corp. (SB Corp.) will seek bank financing to expand its available funds for lending to small businesses, and plans to deploy part of its P10-billion budget from the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act (Bayanihan II) to pay for interest, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

Cavitex to open new entryway next week

The operator of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) is opening an alternative entrance to the expressway next week to brace for increased traffic with the...

NTC recalls ABS-CBN frequencies

THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has resolved to recall all the frequencies assigned to ABS-CBN Corp. after the House of Representatives in July denied the network’s application for a legislative franchise.

Taguig, more gov’t agencies partner with PayMaya for e-payment

PAYMAYA Philippines, Inc. announced Thursday its partnership with a local government and four more government agencies to offer cashless payment options to the public.

Microsoft, ePLDT to make PWDs more hireable

MICROSOFT CORP. said Tuesday it has partnered with 14 technology firms in the Asia Pacific, including ePLDT, Inc., for a program aimed at increasing the employability of people with disabilities.

Globe’s partner tower companies to build 900 more cell sites

GLOBE Telecom, Inc. expects 900 more cell sites to be built soon as its partnerships with tower builders are now in advanced stages, the Ayala-led telecommunications services provider said.

Smart 4G/LTE now on Pag-asa Island, West Philippine Sea

SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc., the wireless unit of PLDT Inc., said the controversial Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea is now covered by its 4G/LTE network service, enabling the island’s residents to communicate via chat apps and video calls.

Ransomware attacks vs small local firms drop 48.93% in the first...

RANSOMWARE attacks against Philippine small and medium businesses dropped 48.93% to 9,701 in the first six months of the year, from 18,997 attempts detected in the same period last year, Internet security firm Kaspersky said.

Grab and partners step up efforts to help small businesses 

GRAB Philippines on Wednesday announced a new initiative in partnership with Procter & Gamble (P&G), Unilever, Nestlé, Ultramega, Citibank, Agoda, and Booking.com, among others, aimed at boosting support for small enterprises amid a pandemic crisis.

Nationwide round-up

DITO says it won’t use telecom infra to obtain classified military info CHINA-BACKED DITO Telecommunity Corp. on Wednesday said it will not use its devices...

COVID-detecting helmets to be distributed locally

A SMART helmet designed to detect a coronavirus symptom will soon be available in the Philippines, its Chinese maker said.

AirAsia expects ‘buy 1 take 1’ promo to boost 2021 bookings

PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. is offering a “buy 1 take 1” promotion on all domestic and international flights to further boost advanced bookings for 2021, it said on Tuesday.

Bicol Int’l Airport seen fully operational by early 2021

THE P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport project is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2021, the Transportation department said Tuesday.

ABS-CBN launches new educational platform

ABS-CBN Corp. announced Monday its new digital platform meant to provide educational multimedia materials for young learners.

ECPay says merchant partners, customers increase

CUSTOMERS and merchant partners of Electronic Commerce Payments, Inc. (ECPay), a subsidiary of Globe Telecom, Inc., had increased by 114% and 18%, respectively, from April to July, as more Filipinos shifted to digital channels for their payment transactions amid a pandemic crisis.

Coast Guard to help secure train stations after blasts in Jolo

THE TRANSPORTATION department has ordered the Philippine Coast Guard to help secure the country’s rail facilities after twin blasts in Jolo in Southern Philippines killed 14 people and wounded at least 75 others.

SMC airport tax perks may gain backing

THE proposed measure that seeks to grant San Miguel Aerocity, Inc. various tax incentives for the P740-billion Bulacan airport project — including income tax exemption for the entire 50-year concession period — is likely to get strong support from senators.

Japan hoping subway project contributes to ‘V-shaped’ PHL recovery

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda expressed the hope that the Japan-backed Metro Manila subway will help the Philippines achieve a “V-shaped” economic...

ARTA rules reducing permit requirements endorsed by IATF

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said Friday that its guidelines on reduced requirements for issuing government permits, which it pitched as a means of...