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Business group pushes for satellite access liberalization

THE BUSINESS sector is appealing to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to issue an order that will ease the licensing requirement on satellite access to speed up the delivery of internet services, especially outside major urban areas.

Policy makers cool to lowering VAT on internet services

LOWERING the value-added tax (VAT) imposed on internet services would be the fastest way to make it more affordable in the Philippines, an expert said. But policy makers are cool to such a proposal, saying it will not help improve the overall internet infrastructure and quality.

PHL download speeds improve during pandemic

OPENSIGNAL, a UK-based wireless coverage mapping company, said Wednesday that download speeds and the availability of fourth-generation (4G) network services in the Philippines improved in the first half of the year despite greater reliance on the system during the pandemic.

Expensive, slow internet pulls down Philippine digital ranking

THE Philippines ranked 66th out of 85 countries in the 2020 Digital Quality of Life Index, saddled with issues like expensive, low-quality internet and the need to upgrade its electronic infrastructure.

Thailand OKs bill seeking to tax foreign internet companies

BANGKOK — Thailand on Tuesday approved a draft bill requiring foreign digital service providers to pay a value-added tax (VAT), becoming the latest country in Southeast Asia to seek to boost tax revenues from international tech companies.

Your computer can help scientists seeking potential Covid-19 treatment

Anyone in the world with computer and an internet connection can help in the fight against Covid-19 through the OpenPandemics - Covid-19 project.

PHL WiFi use increases in March

WIFI USE in the country rose consistently in March, registering Asia’s largest increase in internet use by the third week, a global mobile analytics company said.

An icon of Philippine media

The all-encompassing wave of change has hit Philippine media, well before renowned business magnate Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan had come in. Digital media were...

Smart Padala by PayMaya empowers communities with digital financial services

Digital financial services adoption is growing fast as mobile and internet penetrate all corners of the country. For most of the unbanked and underserved,...

Why the Philippines is the place to be for social enterprises

Over the past two decades, The Philippines has seen a giant boom in social enterprises. According to a study published by the British Council,...

Getting to know the global consumers

More interesting insights are being discovered about the global consumers, their lifestyles, and their preferences. Recently, global strategic market intelligence company Euromonitor International came up...

Assessing the technological shifts driving the future workplace

By Adrian Paul B. Conoza, Special Features Writer Changes in the workplace have been more imminent than before with the arrival of new technologies and a...

The exciting possibilities of next-generation technologies

The global economy is undergoing disruptive changes prompted by the emergence and adoption of technologies such as mobile and cloud computing, cryptocurrency, the Internet...

Policies needed to boost ASEAN’s digital economy

DESPITE high participation in digitally-enhanced services trade among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) between 2010 and 2016, policies to improve broadband penetration are needed to boost economic growth, especially in the Philippines and Indonesia, according to the World Bank.

Six new Google tools to make your work life easier

Google Philippines launches six new products to help Filipino workers.

Globe expands LTE network coverage

Globe Telecom, Inc. said it installed 1,752 new long-term evolution (LTE) sites during the first half of the year, bringing its LTE network coverage...

Lazada Philippines plans expanding next-day delivery services

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato E-commerce site Lazada Philippines is eyeing to expand its next-day delivery services by setting up warehouses in Visayas and Mindanao. Lazada...

Top tips for consumers: Internet of Things security and privacy

1. Learn how to “shop smart” for connected devices. You don’t want to have to return a connected device because it is spying on you. Returning things is a pain. Learn how to “shop smart,” and buy privacy respecting connected devices so you won’t have to.

Online hiring up in second quarter — report

Online hiring in the Philippines went up year-on-year in the second quarter but has slightly declined compared to the previous quarter due to lingering...

Is 5G more vulnerable to hackers than 4G? Australia thinks so

Though 5G promises to be so fast it could revolutionize the way we use everything from home appliances to cars, the technology may also...

Eastern Communications launches latest connectivity products

Eastern Communications launched its latest products on Thursday, Aug. 16, which included connectivity services designed for businesses. "What we do is know the plans of...

Smart taps Ericsson for 5G roll out in 2019

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. said its roll out of fifth generation (5G) technology is booked for the first half of 2019...

5G opens up $1.8-billion revenue opportunity for telco — Ericsson study

Telecommunication companies in the Philippines should tap into 5G technology's potential digitalization revenues, which could reach $1.8 billion by 2026, a study by Ericsson...

Converge partners with ICT firms as it expands fiber internet service

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. announced on Wednesday it is forging new partnerships with local and foreign companies as it looks to speed up its...

Smart rolls out LTE capacity upgrades to Metro Manila sites

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless mobile unit Smart Communications, Inc. said 92% of its network sites in Metro Manila has Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced...

Globe partners with DMCI Homes to offer broadband service to condo...

Globe Telecom, Inc. said it is partnering with DMCI Homes, Inc. to offer easy subscription to Globe At Home services exclusive to DMCI condominium...

NEA, DICT working together to bring broadband connectivity to rural areas

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have started exploring arrangements to bring broadband connectivity into the...

Globe board approves creation of independent tower company

Globe Telecom Inc. said its board of directors approved the plan to establish a new company for its tower assets. The telecommunications company said in...

DBM warns against digital disruption as it renews call for government...

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has alerted local governments and national agencies to be ready for digital disruption as...

DICT releases second draft of selection terms for third telco player

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has issued on Friday, June 29, its draft terms of reference (TOR) for the selection of...

Filipinos’ online spending seen to reach P122 billion this year —...

More Filipinos expect to increase their online spending in the next two years, a study by PayPal Holdings, Inc. and Ipsos said. In a survey...

Facebook is no longer building an internet-beaming aircraft

Facebook Inc.’s days of dabbling in aerospace engineering are over. The company said in a blog post Tuesday it will no longer design or build...

DICT backs assigning frequency to ‘third player,’ not auction

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is pushing for awarding of frequencies to the telecommunications industry’s third entrant to reduce its financial burden, the acting head of the department said.

PLDT offers networking solutions to improve connectivity of enterprise customers

PLDT Enterprise of PLDT, Inc. announced on Thursday, June 21, it will start offering software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology to its enterprise customers, aiming...

Now Corp. inks MoU with TransCo for use of fiber assets

NOW CORP. on Thursday announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) for the use of the latter’s fiber and microwave assets for the establishment of a nationwide fixed broadband network.

iPrice projects steady growth for local operations

ONLINE shopping aggregator iPrice Group Sdn Bhd is bullish on its prospects in the Philippine market as demand for e-commerce in Southeast Asia continues to grow.

Tougher rules in store for 3rd major telco

GROUPS looking to vie for the distinction of becoming the Philippines’ third major telecommunications service provider likely face tougher financial and technical requirements, according to departments overseeing the process.

DICT looks to name third telco before yearend

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the inter-agency committee overseeing the selection of a third telco player will come up with a target timetable for the announcement of the new entrant.

US commerce chief warns of disruption from EU privacy rules

Washington -- US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross warned Wednesday that the new EU privacy rules in effect since last week could lead to serious...

PHL inches up in Internet speed

FIXED line and mobile Internet speeds in the Philippines increased in April from the same period last year, but still lagged behind global standards.

PHL shows vast improvement in 4G speeds — OpenSignal

THE PHILIPPINES improved in long-term evolution (LTE) availability and speed from last year due to the expansion of services by the telecommunications giants, according to a recent report.

Happy GDPR Day — but not for some US websites

The EU's flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were...

SEC warns against online investment scams with paid-to-click schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has advised the public against investment scams with paid-to-click (PTC) programs, noting that some may be Ponzi schemes...

Netflix says these smart TVs are best for binge-watching

Netflix released a list of its recommended smart TVs that are ideal for watching Netflix content. The internet TV streaming giant came up with its...

Jollibee ordered to suspend delivery website after data breach

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has ordered Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) to suspend its online food delivery operations and implement preventive website security measures...