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PLDT Enterprise partners with Cignal

PLDT, Inc. said its business unit PLDT Enterprise inked a partnership with sister company Cignal TV to deliver Pay TV content to commercial establishments.

In a statement, PLDT said it extended the Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service, which allows broadcast of Cignal TV programs via the Internet, using its broadband Fibr, and iGate, its dedicated Internet access service, to enterprise customers.

“This collaboration with Cignal TV truly enhances our significance as a partner for businesses not just to deliver fixed and wireless services, but to become a more valuable technology solutions provider. With this added service, we are able to deliver premium entertainment and other popular shows and programs in high definition or HD over Fibr to our enterprise customers,” said PLDT/Smart Chief Revenue Officer and EVP Ernesto R. Alberto said in a statement.

With the partnership, commercial establishments, hotels, resorts and hospitals can access Cignal TV channels through PLDT.

“This partnership between the Philippines’ premier Pay TV provider and the country’s largest home and enterprise network is not only good for the group’s enterprise client base, but is also a logical next step in bringing together unparalleled access and quality content to as many Filipinos as possible,” Jane J. Basas, CEO and president of Cignal TV was quoted as saying in a statement.

Cignal TV, a subscription-based direct-to-home satellite TV provider, is owned by Cignal TV, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary.

PLDT said it is already partnering with several upcoming hotels in Metro Manila to include IPTV solutions for their connectivity requirements.

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DICT, NTC preparing rules for selecting telco to compete with PLDT, Globe

The government is preparing guidelines to support the entry of a third player to compete with PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, the so-called telco duopoly that the Duterte administration has committed to break.

Eliseo Rio Jr., acting secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), on Monday said that the government, through the DICT and National Telecommunications Commission, was preparing the rules for a selection process, which he compared to a “beauty contest.”

The update came as Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said China had selected state-run China Telecom (CT), its third largest mobile player, to invest in the Philippines through a domestic partner.

The Philippine Constitution sets a 40 percent foreign ownership cap on certain sectors, including telecommunications.

Rio said that telcos from other countries were also welcome to enter the Philippines.

Telco backbone
Melvin Matibag, CEO of the National Transmission Corp., whose nationwide power and fiber optic network could be used as a telco backbone, said the state-run corporation could launch telecommunication services if its charter were amended.

“The way we project it, for Luzon we can do it in six months [and] the entire country within one year,” Matibag said.

A strong strategic partner, usually a foreign telco with deep pockets and technological expertise, is needed if the third player is to take on PLDT and Globe, which are partly owned by Japan’s NTT Group and Singapore Telecommunications, respectively.

In a social media post on Monday, Rio said that the rules would serve as the basis for the government to assign highly coveted frequencies to a third telco player.

Radio frequencies are the lifeblood of modern telecommunications. These allow the transmission of various forms of data, enabling phone calls, text messaging and internet browsing on smartphones.

Frequencies are owned by the government.

“CT, while chosen by China, must compete with other interested foreign telcos to be chosen by our telcos [or]
consortium,” he added.

China Telecom operates the biggest wireless network, the largest fixed-line network and the third largest mobile network in China with total assets exceeding $105.78 billion.

Companies that have expressed willingness to challenge PLDT and Globe include Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T).

Strategic partners
Earlier, PT&T chair Salvador Zamora II said the company was in talks with strategic partners, including China Telecom and South Korea’s LG Plus.

The coveted radio frequencies were the main target of PLDT and Globe when the two joined forces in 2016 to buy out San Miguel Corp.’s telco unit for almost P70 billion.

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PLDT allots ‘record’ P50-B capex for 2018

PLDT, Inc. is setting aside a record high capital expenditure budget of least P50 billion next year, as it works on improving its network amid the looming entry of a third telecommunications player.

“We will announce a historic high capex next year, north of P50 billion,” PLDT Chairman, President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters on Wednesday.

Next year’s capital spending is up by nearly a third from this year’s P38 billion, and will be used to finance the telecommunications giant’s network expansion and improvement of mobile and fixed-line services.

“We’ll make sure that we’ll future-proof our network,” Mr. Pangilinan said.

PLDT, he said, is “trying to get ready in case it happens as early as the first quarter,” referring to the entry of China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), the third player chosen by the Chinese government to invest in the Philippines.

China Telecom’s local partner, however, has yet to be determined, since the Constitution limits foreign ownership in certain industries such as telecommunications to 40%.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has said he wants a third telecommunications provider to start operating by the first quarter, which would challenge the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom, Inc. in the country.

Reuters reported that China Telecom is still studying the plan to invest in the Philippines.

“China Telecom is currently having a preliminary study on the investment opportunity in the Philippines and no concrete plan has been determined yet,” a company spokeswoman was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Mr. Pangilinan said PLDT’s capex for 2018 will be funded through the sale of assets.

“Well, the normal level of around P40-ish billion, the EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) can handle that. The incremental capex of around P10 billion, we’ll fund through the sale of assets. We still have receivables from MPIC from the sale of Beacon, so we might sell some of that,” he said.

PLDT has remaining receivables worth P15 billion from parent Metro Pacific Investments Corp. with respect to shares of Beacon Electric Asset Holdings, Inc. and a 6.1% stake in German startup Rocket Internet SE valued at P12 billion.

Mr. Pangilinan last November said PLDT upgraded its recurring core profit guidance to P22 billion from the original P21.5 billion, after the nine-month tally rose 5% year on year to P17.36 billion from P16.55 billion.

PLDT has invested around P300 billion or nearly $6 billion in the last decade for its fixed and wireless network infrastructure, which now has 150,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables.

In October, PLDT said it is investing around P7 billion ($136.7 million) in a new Trans-Pacific cable system called Jupiter. The system will be built and operated by a consortium of global firms including Amazon and Facebook.

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PLDT eyes redevelopment of Makati offices

PLDT Inc. hopes to start the redevelopment of its current head office in Ramon Cojuangco Building and the Makati General Office in Makati City this year with NTT of Japan.

PLDT chairman, president and chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters, a number of parties have expressed interest in the redevelopment of the properties, but the company is leaning towards partner NTT of Japan which has a real estate arm.

“They have global properties, it turns out. They’re quite large. So, we said, we will give priority to NTT. But they need a local partner to develop. So, hopefully, we could do that next year,” he said.

The NTT Group has been a strategic partner of PLDT since 2000, with NTT DOCOMO and NTT Communications owning approximately 20 percent of PLDT’s outstanding common stock as of end-September of last year.

The Ramon Cojuangco Building, located along Makati Ave. and the Makati General Office in Legazpi Village, cover a combined area of 8,000-square meters.

For the redevelopment of the properties, Pangilinan said PLDT would set two conditions.

First, PLDT would get to keep a certain number of floors.

“We don’t know how many yet. It depends on the redevelopment plan,” he said.

As for the second condition, he said PLDT would have naming rights to one of the two towers to be redeveloped.

“So, we will pay for the floors that we will keep. Then the rest can be for the redeveloper or financiers,” he said.

PLDT wants to redevelop the properties in Makati in order to construct and move to a new headquarters.

Asked about the location for the new headquarters, Pangilinan said the company is sill looking for a lot.

“There seem to be opportunities along the [Manila] bay. I like it there because I am used to Hong Kong,” he said.

He said earlier, however, the company’s preference was to have the new headquarters in the south of Metro Manila.

PLDT is hopeful this year will be a better year in terms of its financial performance, following a challenging 2017 given the weakness in the wireless business.

For this year, Pangilinan has said PLDT would continue to undertake network improvements for better data coverage and speed.

PLDT has raised the recurring core profit guidance to P22 billion from P21.5 billion for 2017, following positive financial results in the first three quarters.

As of end-September 2017, PLDT’s recurring core income which excludes gains from asset sales, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization adjustments and related tax adjustments, rose five percent year-on-year to reach P17.4 billion.

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3rd player talks affecting trades in telco shares

Shares of telecommunication companies PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom have been negatively affected by speculations of a third telco player coming in, while share prices of companies that may possibly benefit from the entry of the much-awaited third player have been on the rise.

Shares of Now Telecom, for instance, rallied by 1.81 percent at the close of the 2017 to finish at P2.82 per share from just P2.2 per share last Oct. 25.

Now Telecom of Mel Velarde has expressed interest in joining the government’s planned auction of surrender and recalled spectrum frequencies, the National Telecommunications Commission earlier said.

 EasyCall Communications Philippines likewise saw its share price rise by 5.71 percent at the end of 2017 to end at  P18.50 per share. Last Sept. 25, this was just at P3.25 per share.

Traders attributed the increase in the share prices of these two companies to the possible partnership with Chinese or foreign telco players that are interested in entering the Philippines following President Duterte’s call for the entry of a third telco player.

Share prices of PLDT, chaired by tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan and Globe Telecom, on the other hand, have seen significant declines.

PLDT closed the year at P1,480, flat and significantly lower than June 15, 2017’s level of P1,900 per share.

Globe, meanwhile, closed 2017 at P1,900, lower than the P2,228 closing price last June 7.

Aside from Chinese telecom players, four other companies from Japan, South Korea, US, and Australia are interested to partner with local firms and become a third telco player in the country, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said.

DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio Jr. said in a recent briefing Telstra Corp. Ltd. of Australia is interested in entering the Philippine telco market.

President Duterte has invited Chinese telco companies to invest in the telco industry to break the duopoly and provide more options for consumers.

The DICT and the NTC are planning to conduct the bidding for the available frequencies within the first three months of 2018.

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PLDT forges $28.5-M partnership with Huawei to overhaul services

PLDT, Inc. on Tuesday said it sealed a $28.5-million (P1.5-billion) partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. to overhaul its wireless service delivery platforms.

In a statement, PLDT said its partnership with Huawei is part of its efforts to improve its fixed and wireless infrastructure, and information technology systems. The company is earmarking a record P50-billion capital expenditure (capex) for this year.

“This partnership will enable PLDT Group’s wireless services under the brands PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT to become much more agile, efficient and resilient in developing and delivering a growing array of digital services,” PLDT Chairman, President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan was quoted as saying in the statement.

PLDT Group Chief Corporate Services Officer Ray C. Espinosa said under the 15-month agreement, Huawei will “improve Smart’s online charging platforms and electronic loading for prepaid subscribers.”

“This involves consolidating similar applications for different brands under one system and streamlining business processes through a unified platform and simplified processes,” Mr. Espinosa said, noting it would allow the company’s units to provide personalized offers and bundled services to its customers more efficiently.

Wilson Zang, president of Huawei Revenue Management product line, said the company is proposing the use of its OCS and eLoad Solutions to “accelerate PLDT’s evolution in the Digital Market through this Transformation Program.

“Huawei is confident we can successfully deliver this critical program in a timely way together with PLDT,” Mr. Zang said.

Huawei Revenue Management is a unit of Huawei Technologies.

PLDT’s deal with Huawei comes after President Rodrigo R. Duterte last December said he wants a third telecommunications provider to start operating by the first quarter in order to challenge the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom, Inc. in the country.

“We’ll make sure that we’ll future-proof our network,” Mr. Pangilinan had said in December.

He said PLDT is “trying to get ready in case it happens as early as the first quarter,” referring to the entry of China Telecommunications Corp. (China Telecom), the third player chosen by the Chinese government to invest in the Philippines.

In February 2017, PLDT partnered with Huawei for the research and development on fifth-generation (5G) wireless broadband, which promises lightning fast Internet connectivity.

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PLDT unit to forge foreign deals in Q1

PLDT, Inc.’s digital innovations unit Voyager Innovations, Inc. expects to sign deals with foreign partners within the first quarter of the year.

“It’s going to be financial and strategic,” PLDT Chairman, President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters on the sidelines of the The Outstanding Young Men awardees announcement, when asked about partnerships with foreign firms.

Asked whether the deals could be signed within the first quarter of the year, he replied: “I’ll stick my neck out for it.”

The signing of partnerships is key to Voyager’s overseas expansion plans. Mr. Pangilinan previously said that Voyager needs to scale and aim for a larger market and venture outside the country.

Voyager Innovations President and CEO Orlando B. Vea previously said the company is targeting emerging markets, particularly in Asia, where it sees a strong demand for its services.

Voyager on Tuesday launched DigiHub, an office space at its Launchpad headquarters in Mandaluyong City that entrepreneurs can use. DigiHub is expected to be fully operational by first quarter of next year. 

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PLDT, Globe wary of government’s plan to reallocate frequencies

PLDT, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. are wary of the plan of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to ensure a more “equitable” allocation of frequencies in the telecommunications industry, particularly when a third player comes in.

PLDT Chairman, CEO and President Manuel V. Pangilinan said the public should “give careful attention” to the possible reallocation of frequencies, adding the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum acquired by PLDT and Globe from San Miguel Corp. in 2016 are already being “extensively used.”

“That’s a serious matter of public interest. I think we should give careful attention to that particular subject matter. So far as we’re concerned, we are clearly using extensively the frequencies we acquired from San Miguel. They’re actively, extensively used by Smart, Sun, Talk and Text,” Mr. Pangilinan told reporters on Jan. 10.

Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto said the telecommunications company is using the 700 MHz spectrum “to serve the public.”

“As an incumbent, the number of customers we currently serve is our basis for the spectrum we have. Even in the buyout of the 700 MHz assets, we returned a good number of spectrum to the government on the basic principle that this resource should be used for public good. What the government should avoid from happening again is that any single entity holds a large number of spectrum and does not use it to benefit the public,” Ms. Crisanto said in a text message.

PLDT and Globe in 2016 acquired the telecommunications assets of SMC, including the coveted low-band 700 MHz.

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) earlier estimated only 12.8% of the spectrum will be available for a potential third player in the country.

This is why the DICT is looking at allocating the remaining uncommitted frequencies to a third player, which could possibly be structured as a consortium.

Mr. Rio told reporters last month the DICT does not favor distributing the remaining frequencies to many players, which might lead to buyouts by PLDT and Globe.

Public hearings for spectrum reallocation are expected to be conducted by the middle of February, Mr. Rio has said.

Mr. Pangilinan said PLDT welcomes the possible entry of a third player, and continues to prepare for this.

“But also the main job for us is to really build a superior network for fixed and wireless, to ensure the service is world-class. We said late last year that we would show that with the level of capex that we would announce, hopefully soon enough, that would be north of P50 billion, that is a historic high for PLDT, to demonstrate that we’re getting serious about not only our wireless network but also our fixed (line business),” Mr. Pangilinan told reporters.

Mr. Pangilinan said capital spending on fixed broadband will see “significant increments” compared to 2017.

Globe is keeping its capex flat for 2018, retaining the $850-million capex of 2017. The company said the budget will be used primarily to meet demand for bandwidth-intensive content.

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PayMaya makes deal for cashless payments at McDonald’s

PayMaya Philippines, Inc., the digital financial services arm of PLDT, Inc.’s Voyager Innovations, has teamed up with McDonald’s to allow the fast-food chain to accept cashless payment through PayMaya in its stores.

With the partnership, 42 McDonald’s restaurants have started accepting card payments for all types of MasterCard and Visa credit, debit, and prepaid cards, including PayMaya Visa cards and Smart MasterCard, PayMaya Philippines President and CEO Orlando B. Vea said in a briefing in Taguig City on Friday.

The company will soon accept PayMaya QR payments in its McCafé BGC Arts Center and McCafé Tagaytay Calamba stores, with more stores accepting QR-based payments in the coming months.

Customers can also book and pay for birthday parties online as well as settle online orders “in the next few weeks.”

“Our goal is to continuously provide our customers with a convenient and feel-good restaurant experience, which is why we are committed in seeking out innovations that can deliver this to them. Through our partnership with PayMaya, our customers will now have a cashless payment option to make ordering their favorite McDonald’s meals more convenient,” McDonald’s President and CEO Kenneth S. Yang was quoted in a statement as saying.

“This is digital technology at its most convenient, and we are working toward enabling more partners like McDonald’s to further build a ‘cashless’ ecosystem,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman at PLDT, Smart, and PayMaya.

“We’re starting with McDonald’s today, but we envision a future where most of our transactions will be carried out with the help of a PayMaya account.”

McDonald’s joins a fast-growing list of companies and merchants that have tapped PayMaya for cashless transactions including e-commerce retailers Lazada and Zalora, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific, among others.

PayMaya is powering the QR payments acceptance of supermarkets, department stores, and shops under Robinsons Store Specialists, Inc., as well as department stores and mall information booths of SM malls.

With only a third of the country’s population having bank accounts, PayMaya allows the unbanked and those who have no credit cards to settle online transactions. A physical PayMaya prepaid card can also be used in stores worldwide that accept Visa

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PLDT to appeal DoLE order to regularize workers

PLDT, Inc. on Wednesday said it will appeal anew the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DoLE) order for the telecommunications giant to provide regular employment to around 7,000 contractual workers.

In a statement, PLDT said it has received its copy of the Jan. 10 Resolution issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, which rejected the company’s appeal of a July 3, 2017 order to regularize employees and settle their unpaid benefits.

PLDT said it will file a motion for reconsideration within the 10-day prescribed period.

“The Resolution reduces (a) the number of workers ordered to be regularized by PLDT to 7,416 (from 8,720 previously); and (b) the monetary liability of PLDT and its contractors to P66.3 million (from P78.2 million),” the company said.

However, PLDT noted the resolution failed to address the  “fundamental jurisdictional and due process issues raised by PLDT and 41 of its contractors in their Appeals to the Office of the Secretary.”

In its July 2017 order, the DoLE ordered PLDT regularize employees of 17 companies found to be engaged in labor-only contracting. These companies included SPi CRM, Inc., Activeone Health, Inc., Archon Consulting and System Services, Inc., and Hibizcom Corp.

The DoLE order also asserted that PLDT and 48 of its contractors did not fully pay monetary benefits to some workers totaling around P78.6 million, and noted PLDT violated DoLE Order no. 18-A on contracting-out, which means the telco giant should issue regular employment positions to around 8,720 contractual workers.

In its appeal, PLDT questioned what it says was an absence of evidence and the use of “template findings” by the DoLE for these conclusions; DoLE’s disregard of PLDT’s and its contractors’ evidence; and “erroneous computation” of the P78.6-million monetary award; and DoLE’s “violation of PLDT’s and its contractors’ due process rights.”

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