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Third telco player Mislatel hopes to get permit to operate from...

INCOMING third telecommunications player Mislatel consortium said it is expecting to receive the permit to operate from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) by July, as it currently prepares for the submission of its performance bond to the government.

Service reliability is key for Mislatel to break Philippine telco duopoly

A GLOBAL NONPROFIT organization dedicated to studying the internet said the Mislatel Consortium, which is preparing to become the Philippines’ third telecommunications provider, will have to prove itself in terms of service reliability before it can grab market share from the current leaders.

Win or lose, Singson-led consortium will pursue telco expansion

WHATEVER the result of the government’s bidding for a new major telco player will be, the consortium led by former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” C. Singson said it will still pursue the expansion of its business, which involves the deployment of portable Wi-Fi hotspots connected to a satellite.

Selection of third major telco by December on track as gov’t...

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) published on Friday the final terms of reference (ToR) outlining the process by which the government will select by December a third major player in the telecommunications industry.

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...

PSE rebuts PTT claims of requirement compliance

The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) dispelled claims made by Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PTT) that the latter has complied with the necessary requirements...

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...

Court grants PT&T appeal for rehab exit

The Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) said the regional trial court (RTC) of Makati City has granted its appeal to leave its court-assisted...

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...

Transpacific Broadband seeks franchise renewal to join race to be third...

TRANSPACIFIC Broadband Group International, Inc. (TBGI) said it is seeking to renew its congressional franchise to boost its efforts to join the government’s search for a so-called “third telco” player, among other telecommunication opportunities.

Search for third major telco clears major hurdle

THE QUEST for the country’s third major telecommunications service provider advanced on Friday after a government team settled on the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) as basis for competition.

Listed firm keen on joining 3rd telco bidding

TRANSPACIFIC Broadband Group International, Inc. (TBGI) is looking to sell up to 40% of its common equity to foreign investors, as it prepares to join the bidding for the third major telecommunications player.

‘Third player’ hearing shows service commitments favored — DICT

TELECOMMUNICATIONS industry stakeholders expressed a preference for service level commitments as the basis for selecting the industry’s third entrant, according to the results of a public consultation Friday.

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...

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...

PT&T names new CEO

The Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (PT&T) has formalized the election and appointment of James G. Velasquez as the company’s new president and chief...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AI-powered tool helps PHL companies build customer communities

By Janina C. Lim, Reporter Telco firms said a marketing platform powered by artificial intelligence helped improve their business decisions, in turn, boosting their revenues and performance...

3rd telco player to be chosen by end 2018

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE Department of Information and Communications Techonology (DICT) has pushed back its target to select a third player...

DICT sticks to May target in naming third telco player

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it will retain its target of naming a third major telco player by May and...

Globe deactivates over 14,000 SIM cards found to be sources of...

Globe Telecom Inc said it has deactivated over 14,000 SIM cards found to be sources of spam and scam text messages. The telco giant said...

PTT announces board shake-up

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo PHILIPPINE Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T) has announced a shake-up of its board, with two of its directors quitting amid...

Duterte telco plan sparks frenzy for penny stocks

THERE’s a gold rush in Philippine telecom minnows and everybody’s invited. For now. President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to award a new telecommunications license has sparked...

Indian firm wants to join PH telco market — Duterte

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Tuesday, Feb. 20, that an Indian firm is seeking to invest in the Philippines’ telecommunications...

PLDT to surrender CURE frequencies at no charge

PLDT, Inc. has agreed to the government’s plan to assign frequencies held by Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise (CURE) to the telecom industry’s “third player”...

MVP: P3B a ‘good price’ for CURE frequency

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter PLDT, Inc. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel V. Pangilinan said P3 billion is a “good price” for possible...

DICT gearing up for resistance to frequency redistribution

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it is studying ways to make the allocation of telecommunications spectrum...

One telco eyed for remaining frequencies

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is looking at allocating the remaining telco frequencies to one player or consortium of players in...

Duterte wants paper work moving on 3rd telco player

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has instructed two government agencies to pave the way for the application of a third telecommunications provider in the Philippines,...

PLDT expects recovery to continue in 2018

By Krista A.M. Montealegre, National Correspondent PLDT, Inc. expects to sustain its recovery next year, as the telco giant mulls raising capital expenditures above regular levels...

New telco player could aid shift to e-payments

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE ENTRY of a new telecommunications provider could spur a faster migration to electronic payments, Bangko Sentral ng...

PCC mulls legal options after CA upholds legality of telco deal

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) vowed to pursue other legal options after the Court of Appeals (CA) quashed its bid to review PLDT, Inc....

PLDT sees strong growth for home, enterprise

PLDT, Inc. anticipates “positive” fixed line revenues and double-digit growth for its home and enterprise business in the third quarter, its President, Chairman and...

Senator puts telecom firms to task

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE providers better shape up, Senator Grace S. Poe warned yesterday, as she recently launched a social media campaign that compiles complaints from...

Fitch raises PLDT outlook to stable

FITCH RATINGS on Wednesday said it revised the outlook on PLDT, Inc.’s Long-Term Local-Currency Issuer Default Rating (LC IDR) to stable from negative. In a...

Globe seals $155-million loan to fund capex

GLOBE Telecom, Inc. on Friday said it had signed a $155-million loan with Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. with terms of seven and 10...

CTA upholds Vestas Services P65-million tax case

TELECOMMUNICATIONS equipment provider Vestas Services lost its bid to reopen its P65-million tax case at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) due to lack...

Smart says tests show improved LTE speeds

SMART Communications, Inc. said over the weekend internal tests have shown improvements in its mobile data speeds in Metro Manila. In a statement, the wireless...