Smart, Globe In LTE Race

Now, the race is on for the telephone company (telco) who can cover most of the country faster with super-fast fourth generation (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

Already, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has made its LTE service accessible in several areas across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as it fires up new LTE cell sites and now covers a total of 46 cities and 69 municipalities nationwide.

Smart’s latest round of expansion is “the largest and most expansive” since the telco launched the service commercially in August, 2012, according to Smart Broadband Internet and Data Services Head Lloyd Manaloto. ”Just a couple of weeks ago we said that LTE has outpaced 3G in terms of initial deployment,” he explained. “The simultaneous introduction of LTE around the country is proof of that.” Several areas in Davao City in Mindanao, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Mandaue City and Bacolod City in Visayas and Baguio City, Laoag City, San Fernando City, Cabanatuan City, Urdaneta City, Antipolo City, Olongapo City, Tagaytay City, and Dagupan City in Luzon now have access to Smart’s LTE service.

Rival Globe Telecom has also activated more LTE sites across the archipelago recently. After offering the service in Makati, Globe bolstered its LTE infrastructure in key cities of Metro Manila – Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig, City of Manila, Muntinlupa City, as well as Cebu City and Boracay in Malay, Aklan in the Visayas.

Within these sites, the telco switched-on its LTE signal in major avenues, villages and subdivisions, business districts, upscale malls, hotels, busy commercial zones, government offices, schools, sporting arenas and hospitals. Globe wants subscribers go around contiguous areas without having to lose their LTE signal, President & CEO Ernest Cu stressed.

The telco’s LTE expansion will cover more ground across the Philippines as the first phase of its modernization nears completion and will be supported by the ongoing rollout of over 12,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable spanning the archipelago.

“We have continued to expand our LTE coverage as we focus on large, contiguous areas, instead of “pocket activations” and “hot spots” to ensure greater and more stable coverage for customers,” Globe Chief Technical Advisor Robert Tan elaborated further.

PLDT and Digitel still committed



There are many legal impediments that embedded in acquisition of Digitel Telecommunications Philippines Inc. (Digitel) by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT). So, the closing date of taking over Digitel was postponed.

In a separate statement, the two tycoons still express their commitment in pursuing the P74.1-billion deal.

“The parties remain committed to this deal since it stands to bring substantial benefits not only to the shareholders but also to the consumers and the general public who will all benefit from the combined expertise of the PLDT group and Digitel,” PLDT chair Manuel V. Pangilinan said.

While pursuing the P74.1 billion deal of PLDT and Digitel, another legal matter came into the middle. When, Supreme Court ordered PLDT a probe into the PLDT’s ownership structure. The company was said to be violating the 40% foreign ownership restriction for public utility companies. However, the CEO of PLDT, Pangilinan,  assures that foreign ownership of PLDT is way below 40%.

The two companies are still confident with the positive outcome regarding legal issues that government want them to answer.

RP Football, 101M Fund for Expansion and Promotion


RP Football Team Azkals, always mounted the excitement and thrills of Filipino nationals as they always set the football field with energy and confidence in their games and made history in the football state in the Philippines today.

RP Team - Azkals

RP Team - Azkals

Chieffy Caligdong on his 1-0 score over Vietnam

Chieffy Caligdong on his 1-0 score over Vietnam

Marked, Last year Dec. 5, they just defeated 2009 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup Champion Vietnam with 2-0 score in favor of RP Team – Azkals. Some called this as the biggest shock in the AFF’s history as Phil Younghusband a Filipino-British and Chris Greatwich an English–Filipino kicked a score over the opponent’s position. And early this month in Panaad Stadium inside the Panaad Park and Sports Complex in the Province of Bacolod, Azkals set another level of excitement for their fans and crowd as they win their battle against Team Mongolia’s Blue Wolves last February 9, this year.

Now, Filipino nationals and fans can’t wait no longer of this soccer sport and the  trending hot Philippine Team – Azkals players on what else they can do in their upcoming fights in different Cups and Leagues and also about teams midfielder Phil Younghusband issue of really entering show business and pursuing ABS-CBN’s Primetime’s no. 1 Teleserye “Imortal” Lead actress, Angel Locsin.

And in connection to RP Team, from Yahoo, Southeast Asia the Philippine Football Federation will be given P80-million from Smart Communications which will be used to improve football in the country for the next 10 years, P8 million will be funding the Football Premiere League, and P3.5 million for the promotion growth of the soccer around the country. Smart, Maynilad, Cignal and TV5, these four teams already signed up and many more are looking forward and interested to join and help the national tournament and for the advancement and building up of sport in the Philippines. Sports leader are said to be one in saying that now is the time to expand the football stadiums available or add new ones and who knews that a lot of us would be interested in sport like football after all, we are more of a basketball and boxing country.

Here are the list of RP’s Team Askals TOP 21 man line-up:

  • Aly Borromeo
  • Eduard Sacapano
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Anton del Rosario
  • Jerry Barbaso
  • Kim Relucio
  • Ray Jonnson
  • Rob Gier
  • Joebel Bermejo
  • Nestorio Margarse
  • Emilio Caligdong
  • Jason Sabio
  • Peter Jaugan
  • Reymark Palmes
  • Ian Araneta
  • Mark Ferrer
  • Jason de Jong
  • Patrick Hinrichsen
  • Simon Greatwich
  • James Younghusband
  • and Phil Younghusband


PLDT cell phone subscribers hit 35.2M

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said its combined mobile phone subscriber base reached 35.2 million at end-2008.

Its units Smart Communications Inc. and Pilipino Telephone Corp. (Piltel) reported total subscribers of 20.9 million and 14.3 million subscribers, respectively, PLDT said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

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RP telecom regulation moves slowly

The Philippines’ telecommunications regulatory environment (TRE) has seen “mild improvements” in the last two years, a study conducted by the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and LIRNEasia showed.

The TRE study, which is part of an Asia-wide study that included eight countries, touched on the perceived effectiveness of telecommunications regulatory policies.

This is the second study conducted by LIRNEasia and NCPAG since 2006.

The study showed that the Philippines has been lagging behind countries like India and Pakistan in terms of improvements in the regulatory policies for the telecommunications industry.

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Gawad Kalinga community joins IT age

A Gawad Kalinga community in Taguig has now been integrated into the information technology age.

Barangay Pinagsama – Phase 2 in Taguig is the very first site to benefit from a partnership with PLDT myDSL and SMART in creating the GK I.T. Center.

It is the first one of its kind in all GK sites in the country.

Referred to simply as iGK, the project allows not just GK residents of the barangay but also other members of the community to use the computers on a first come first served basis – for as low as P10 per hour.

It is the result of PLDT and SMART’s continuing support of GK’s efforts to sustain and develop their community while teaching the residents to be more productive via enhancement of their business and computer skills.

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