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A glimpse into AIM and Ateneo’s data science graduate programs

WITH THE GROWING demand for data scientists in today’s time of big data, machine learning, among others, and demand pegged to continue to outgrow supply (as said by McKinsey & Co.), two educational institutions in the Philippines have kick-started their own data science graduate programs.

Tugade appeals to public: Inconvenience goes with development

DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade appealed to the public for patience while the government is completing its infrastructure projects.

Poll shows Manila with one of lowest 4G speeds in region

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter MANILA has one of the lowest fourth generation (4G) download speeds in East and Southeast Asia, a mobile analytics...

Globe forming new cell tower company

GLOBE Telecom Inc. said it is establishing a new company to operate its tower assets.

Smart, Globe implement 1-year expiry period for prepaid load

SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. have extended the validity of prepaid cellular credits or “load” below P300 to one year.

Gov’t hopes to accredit up to two cell tower companies by...

THE government has released an initial set of guidelines for its common tower policy, amid hopes that it can accredit as many as two such companies to build common mobile infrastructure by the first quarter of 2019.

Bosch Philippines on track for a rebound

BOSCH expects its Philippine business to grow this year, after seeing its energy and building technology segments bounce back in the first half.

PLDT works to comply with DoLE order; no contracts terminated

PLDT, Inc. on Monday denied it had terminated service contracts with agencies in order to avoid complying with the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DoLE) order to regularize its contractual workers.

‘Third player’ won’t be burdened by 2G legacy systems — DICT

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that the third entrant into the telecommunications industry will have an advantage over the incumbents because it will not be burdened with legacy systems.

‘Third player’ entry drives defensive capital spending by PLDT, Globe

THE ENTRY of the “third player” into the telecommunications market is expected to drive even heavier capital spending at incumbents PLDT, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. on top of their current network investments.

Common cell tower policy due by end-July

THE GUIDELINES for the government’s common tower policy may be released by the end of this month, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications said.

ASG Technologies eyeing STBs, other industries to expand reach

ASG Technologies Group, Inc. is optimistic about its operations in the Philippines given its client base.

Filipinos’ online spending to go up to P122B this year

MOST Filipinos expect to increase their online spending this year, a study by PayPal Holdings, Inc. and Ipsos said.

‘Third player’ criteria give equal weight to spending, coverage

THE government has released the draft terms of reference to guide the selection of the new entrant to the telecommunications industry, the so-called “third player,” in which a 40% weighting was assigned to the new company’s ability to serve a percentage of the population, with another 40% of the score to be given to the prospective third player’s capital expenditure and operating expense commitments.

Real-time remittance service for Hong Kong, Philippines launched

GLOBE FINTECH Innovations, Inc. (Mynt) has partnered with Ant Financial Services Group’s Alipay Financial Services (HK) for a cross-border remittance service that will allow direct money transfers between Hong Kong and the Philippines, tapping the market of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their families.

Araneta BusPort now offers cashless payment options

PAYMAYA Philippines, Inc. and Araneta Center, Inc. have partnered to allow passengers at the Araneta Center BusPort to book and pay for their tickets through a cashless system.

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.

Mactan airport terminal 2 to start operations July 1

GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) said it is prepared to open the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 on July 1.

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.

Cut in interconnection charges to have ‘minimal’ impact on PLDT revenues

PLDT, Inc. said the reduction of interconnection charges will have no significant effect on the company’s revenues, or result in lower rates for consumers.

Accenture creating more value-added jobs

ACCENTURE said it is creating more value-added jobs for its employees while giving transactional jobs to new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), as part of the “upskill” needed in the advent of automation and AI.

DICT orders NTC to review fees for mobile spectrum held by...

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to review spectrum user fees for specific frequency bands to determine whether the rights holders are making efficient use of them.

PLDT expects growth in 2018 revenues, profit

PLDT, Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan on Wednesday expressed confidence the telecommunications giant will “return to growth” in both revenues and profit this year.

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.

PayMaya teams up with Fruit Magic

PAYMAYA Philippines, Inc. has partnered with beverage distributor Fruit Magic Co., Inc. for cashless payments.

SPi Global acquires knowledge services provider

CONTENT TECHNOLOGY and content solutions company SPi Global on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of Scope e-Knowledge Center, a knowledge services provider, to expand and boost its solutions portfolio.

DICT teams up with start-up incubator Impact Hub

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has partnered with Impact Hub Manila for expanding its program on engaging communities to encourage start-ups.

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.

Globe to roll out 5G home broadband by mid-2019

GLOBE Telecom, Inc. is set to roll out a fifth-generation (5G) home broadband service by the second half of next year.

ANZ sees more PHL investment interest in Australia

ANZ Philippines CEO Anna Green said the bank has received inquiries from major corporations seeking “opportunistic” investments in Australia.

‘Third player’ may need 2G to compete effectively — PCC

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said that the third entrant to the telecommunications industry will have to be allocated more second generation (2G) frequency over the long term to allow it to serve the 2G market.

DICT targets 12 schools for cybersecurity training

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it hopes to expand its cybersecurity awareness programs in schools this year.

Edukasyon to expand presence in provinces

EDUCATION technology platform Edukasyon has received funding which will help the start-up in its expansion in Visayas and Mindanao.

Smart targets to have 5G-ready network by 2020

SMART Communications, Inc. is preparing for fifth generation (5G) technology through research and pilot-testing, with the goal of having a 5G-ready network by 2020.

UPS Philippines may soon allow pick-up option

UNITED Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) may soon give customers in the Philippines the option of picking up their packages at its partner retail stores.

ABS-CBN, GMA claim ratings lead in May

RIVAL NETWORKS ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, Inc. both claimed nationwide ratings leads for the month of May.

Grab PHL submits proposed voluntary commitments to competition watchdog

GRAB Philippines (MyTaxi.PH,Inc.) has submitted proposed voluntary commitments to remedy some of the anti-competition issues raised by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) with parent company Grab Holdings, Inc.’s acquisition of Uber B.V.’s Southeast Asian assets, including the Philippine business.

Bargain hunt lifts PSEi back past 7,600 mark

PHILIPPINE EQUITIES on Friday climbed overall for the second straight day past the 7,600 mark last seen Tuesday, with bargain-hunting providing some lift as June began.

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.

Group flags below-standard steel bars used for high rises

A GROUP of concerned citizens has called for the recall of locally made steel bars which are claimed to be below standard for high rises, having been quench-tempered instead of being made with micro-alloy.

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.

Consultations geared up prior to bidding on 3rd telco player

THE TERMS of reference (ToR) for the bidding on the third major telecommunications player are being finalized as government agencies aim to resolve issues on the additional player.

Muntinlupa taps PayMaya for citizen card

PAYMAYA Philippines, Inc. has partnered with the local government unit (LGU) of Muntinlupa for cashless transactions through the expanded care card for the city’s residents.

NPC assures of data privacy safeguards in nat’l ID

THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) said that the proposed national identification (ID) system sufficiently safeguards data privacy. NPC Chairman Raymund E. Liboro said that the...

Telstra not interested in bidding for 3rd telco slot

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter AUSTRALIAN telecommunications company Telstra Corp. Ltd. said it will not join the bidding process for the “third” major telecommunications...