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MVP: P3B a ‘good price’ for CURE frequency

PLDT, Inc. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel V. Pangilinan said P3 billion is a “good price” for possible compensation by a future player for the frequency surrendered by the telco as part of the government approval of its merger with Digitel Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. (Digitel).

“I don’t know how much it would cost. It’s not really up to us, it’s with the NTC [National Telecommunications Commission]. It’s a good price, but it’s not up to us,’ Mr. Pangilinan told reporters on the sidelines of a Voyager Innovations, Inc. event on Jan. 18. 

NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgar Cabarios has said the third telecommunications player will have to compensate PLDT about P3 billion if they are to get the 3G (third generation) frequency returned by PLDT, then owned by its unit Connectivity Unlimited Resources Enterprises (CURE), to the government as part of the approval of the merger with then-Gokongwei-owned Digitel.

NTC in 2011 ordered the divestment of 10 MHz of the 2100 MHz band, used for 3G, a condition for the approval of the deal with Digitel.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba at that time said the government would bid out the surrendered frequency, with PLDT given monetary compensation. PLDT would not be allowed to participate in the bidding, which has not been conducted until now.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is preparing the guidelines for the specifics of the frequencies to be given to the telco which will win in the selection process.

The DICT is set to reveal on Jan. 24 its specific guidelines for the selection of a third telco player.

DICT Officer-in-Charge Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. said the compensation is still needed, and the third player, if interested in acquiring the 3G frequency, will have to assume the responsibility of compensation.

“Acquiring the frequency from CURE must be assumed by those who would get the frequency,” Mr. Rio said in a phone interview.

Mr. Rio said on Friday, Jan. 19 that the remaining frequencies, which are estimated by the Philippine Competition Commission at only around 12% of the entire frequencies, are “enough” for the third player to compete with PLDT and Globe Telecom, Inc.

 The DICT however, is looking at a “more equitable” allocation of frequencies in the long term, and this would possibly include reallocation or re-farming of frequencies.

However, Mr. Rio admitted this would take a long process and cannot immediately be carried out.

PLDT and Globe have earlier said they are wary of the said plan of the government.


source: http://bworldonline.com/mvp-p3b-good-pri...frequency/
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...delay in third telco operation is good for TEL GLO

DICT to seek for an extension of deadline for entry of 3rd telco provider

 The Department of Information and Communications Technology on Wednesday said it will relay to President Rodrigo Duterte concerns over the deadline for the entry of a third telecom player after potential entrants sought for more time to prepare.

In November last year, Duterte invited China to be his country’s third telecom provider that will challenge a longstanding duopoly that has angered consumers in a nation said to have the slowest internet speed in the Asia Pacific.

Beijing later picked China Telecom to invest in the Philippines, backed by a consortium of Filipino businesses. A third telecom carrier is targeted to be up and running by the first quarter of 2018.

During the DICT’s first public consultation for the arrival of a third telecom provider, participants pointed out that the March 2018 deadline is “too tight.”

In response, DICT Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said his agency will ask for an extension of “two months probably, from end of March.”

“So five months overall,” Rio said, adding that the DICT can only seek for an extension of a few months, not one year.

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“We can’t wait for one year. I’m sure the president will not just ask us to resign but kick us out,” Rio was quoted as saying in a report by Bloomberg TV Philippines.

Aside from China Telecom, Malacañang had said South Korea’s LG Uplus Corp., Japan’s KDDI, and a Taiwanese telecom firm that was yet to be revealed were also eyeing the Philippines’ third telecom slot.

READ: Andanar: Firms from Japan, Taiwan also interested in being third telco player

According to a timeline presented by the DICT, the drafting of a memorandum circular—which contains the terms of reference for the selection and assignment of radio frequencies for the new player—will happen from January 9 to 19.

The memorandum circular is targeted to take effect on March 6, while the acceptance of bidding documents from participants is set on March 27. The third entrant in the telecom industry is expected to be announced on April 2.

Rio last January 8 signed Memorandum Order No. 001 which spells out the guidelines for the entry of a new major player in the Philippine telecom market.

Under MO No. 001, companies that are interested in the third telecom spot must possess a valid congressional telecommunications franchise, and have a written and binding commitment from a foreign joint venture company, if applicable.

Applicants must also not be an affiliate of Globe Group or PLDT Group of companies.

“The applicant with the highest committed investment for the first five years shall be selected. This commitment should be secured with a performance bond,” section 2 of the document read.

“The new major player shall be assigned radio frequency bands that are now available for assignment as identified by the NTC. Non-compliance with its commitment under section 2 hereof shall result in the automatic recall of the assigned radio frequencies,” it added.

In a January 17 report by BusinessWorld, Rio said plans to reallocate mobile frequency may require legislation, possibly prolonging the process of introducing a third player in the telecom industry.

Incumbents PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. hold the majority of radio frequencies. The two telecom giants have said they are using frequencies in the 700-megahertz (MHz) spectrum which they acquired from their purchase in 2016 of San Miguel Corp.’s telco assets.

The Philippine Competition Commission estimates that only 12.8 percent of the spectrum will be available for a potential third player.

Under the Constitution, foreign investors are only allowed up to 40 percent on certain businesses and industries. Hence, applicants will need to seek a local partner, and will require the approval of the PCC for a joint venture.


source: http://www.philstar.com/business/2018/01...o-provider
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PLDT to ramp up expansion of fixed, mobile networks

PLDT, Inc. is ramping up the expansion of its fixed and mobile networks as part of its five-year P260-billion capital expenditure (capex) program.

In a statement, the telecommunications giant said it has earmarked over P50 billion for this year’s capex. The company’s capital spending is expected to stay at the same level in the next two years. PLDT said this is separate from the P175 billion or $3.4 billion of capex that it invested in network building in the previous five-year period (2011 to 2015).

“What this means is that for every P1 of service revenue, we reinvest between P0.30-0.35 in the business to super-charge our networks and advance our digital transformation program. This is a massive effort to turn our networks into powerful, pervasive and resilient platforms for delivering relevant digital services and solutions that our people can use to improve their daily lives, as well as enable the country to compete and thrive in this digital age,” PLDT President, Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said in a statement. 

For its fixed line business, PLDT said it aiming to double its fiber and hybrid fiber broadband capacity to over 2.2 million ports, with about 650,000 of the additional ports for fiber and another 550,000 for hybrid fiber broadband. The company said by 2019, virtually all of PLDT’s 1.2 million copper-based digital subscriber line (DSL) subscribers will enjoy fiber-fast Internet. Within the next five-year cycle of network development (2021-2025), PLDT could have as many as 10 million homes passed with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

For mobile, PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. is targeting to double the number of long-term evolution (LTE) base stations to about 17,700 and increase the number of LTE-equipped cell sites to over 6,800. The number of 3G base stations will be over 12,400, while cell sites equipped with new 3G base stations will be over 8,000. Most of the new 4G and 3G base stations will be using frequencies acquired from San Miguel Corporation’s telecommunications unit.

PLDT said its total fiber footprint grew 45% from about 120,000 kilometers as of end-2015 to over 174,000 kilometers by end-2017.  For this year, PLDT will add another 33,000 kilometers of fiber cables and raise the total to nearly 210,000 kilometers by yearend.

Total capacity of its international fiber network is expected to jump 80% to 8.92 Terabits per second (Tbps) by end-2019, of which 8.11 Tbps will terminate in the Philippines. This will be boosted by its P7-billion investment in the new Trans-Pacific undersea cable system called Jupiter, which will boost the capacity and resiliency of its direct undersea fiber links to the West Coast of the United States and Japan. Jupiter will be built by a consortium of global companies which include Amazon, Facebook, SoftBank, PCCW Global and NTT Communications.


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldt-ramp-expans...-networks/
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PLDT to help MSMEs in e-commerce

PLDT, Inc. and its digital innovations unit Voyager Innovations, Inc partnered with GoNegosyo to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in e-commerce.

With the partnership, local businesses can participate in the mentorship program of GoNegosyo, which has been expanded to include training on how to establish and maintain online stores through TackThis, the online store builder of Voyager; access logistics and a nationwide market through Tackatack; and gain access to financial support through Lendr.

The program will also allow MSMEs to accept mobile cashless payments through PayMaya QR.

PLDT said the partnership is in line with the program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to equip more than 100,000 MSMEs with digital solutions by 2020. GoNegosyo is the advocacy of the NGO Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE).

“The enablement program covers much of what business owners need to ready themselves in expanding their operations and putting up a presence in the online market space as we’ve all seen how e-commerce has become the new frontier among Filipino consumers,” GoNegosyo President and CEO Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III, also the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship said in a statement.

“We are committed to help SMEs thrive and become more globally competitive through digital services and solutions,” PLDT Chairman, President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said in a statement.


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldt-help-msmes-e-commerce/
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...tsk kung kelan nanganganib dahil may papasok na 3rd telco tsaka panay ang improve ng service

PLDT expands ultrafast broadband coverage in 2017

PLDT, Inc. continues to ramp up its fixed broadband connection, with four million homes passed as of end-2017.

In a statement, the telecommunications giant said its “fiber-fast Internet connection” reached four million homes passed nationwide, 43% higher than end-2016.

PLDT also doubled the capacity of its fixed broadband network to over one million ports at the end of 2017. A significant increase in the number of ports or actual broadband lines were seen in Cavite, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Cebu, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Laguna.

PLDT has been installing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities and the “fibrization” of its current copper-based network through hybrid technologies used in Germany and South Korea.

The company says that FTTH can provide speeds of up to 1 Gbps (gigabit per second), while hybrid fiber can provide data speeds ranging from 100 Mbps (megabits per second) up to 500 Mbps (for G.fast) over copper lines.

“By 2019, virtually all of PLDT’s 1.2 million copper-based DSL subscribers will enjoy fiber-fast Internet. PLDT will further expand its ultrafast broadband coverage to 6 million homes passed by 2020, reaching more areas of the country,” PLDT Chairman, President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said in a statement. 

PLDT earlier said it will double its fiber and hybrid fiber broadband capacity to over 2.2 million ports, with about 650,000 of the additional ports for fiber and another 550,000 for hybrid fiber broadband.

The telco is targeting to provide fiber-fast Internet to nearly all of its 1.2 million copper-based digital subscriber line (DSL) subscribers by 2019. PLDT eyes to have as much as 10 million homes passed with FTTH within 2021-2025. 

PLDT said its total fiber footprint grew 45% to over 174,000 kilometers (kms.) by end-2017, from about 120,000 kilometers in end-2015. For this year, it will add another 33,000 kms. of fiber cables and raise the total to nearly 210,000 kms. by yearend.

It also targets to increase the total capacity of its international fiber network by 80% to 8.92 Terabytes per second (TBps) by end-2019, of which 8.11 Tbps will terminate in the Philippines, to be boosted by its investment of P7 billion in the new Trans-Pacific undersea cable system called Jupiter.

PLDT, Inc. is set to expand its fixed and mobile networks as part of its five-year P260-billion capital expenditure (capex) program. 

It has earmarked a capex above P50 billion for this year. 


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldt-expands-ult...rage-2017/
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...nakita ko na data center nito sa Pasig area nung MBA student pa ako, matindi, di mo aakalain Tongue

PLDT to open data center in Cebu in April

PLDT, Inc. is scheduled to open its 10th Vitro data center the country in April.

In a statement, the telecommunications giant said ePLDT’s newest data center, located in Cebu,   will provide additional 800 racks capacity. This will add to the 8,300 racks it currently has in its first site in Cebu, along with data centers in Pasig, Parañaque, Taguig, Subic, Clark, Davao and Makati.

“Visayas and Mindanao are homes of the most vibrant industries and business communities who greatly contribute to the country’s economic growth. We’ve seen the traction of data center services being utilized in the operations and business continuity plans of the region’s local enterprises,” PLDT Group Chief Revenue Officer and ePLDT President and CEO Ernesto R. Alberto was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mr. Alberto said ePLDT’s expansion addresses the rising need for data center services in the region.

The new VITRO data center will have 11 layers of physical security and employ the use of biometric devices equipped with finger vein recognition technology. It will also have 200 Disaster Recovery Seats to address the business continuity requirements of Cebu-based enterprises.


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldt-open-data-c...ebu-april/
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6-14

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.

“We’ve made progress last year but our task is by no means, complete… To sum up, 2016 was an extremely tough year for PLDT. 2017 was a year to stabilize the business and 2018 is when we should see a return to growth in revenues and to profitability,” PLDT President, Chairman, and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said during the company’s annual stockholders meeting on June 13.

PLDT netted P6.97 billion in the first quarter, up 41% from the same period last year, while core income jumped 14% to P6.07 billion in the first three months of 2018. It has set a guidance of core recurring income of P24 billion for this year. Net income attributable to parent for 2017 was P13.37 billion, while 2016 had a reported income of P20 billion.

Mr. Pangilinan said the company will be focusing on sustaining the momentum of the wireless business, continuing the growth of its home and enterprise segment, and raising level of network services. PLDT will spend as much as about P58 billion this year for massive network infrastructure spending.

PLDT’s wireless business showed improvement in the first quarter, the first time in eight years. Smart Communications, Inc., TNT and Sun contributed P14.8 billion in service revenues in the first quarter, 2% higher than the same period a year ago, driven by higher data revenues.

Mr. Pangilinan said the company will continue to encourage subscribers to use data, particularly with its sports content offerings. PLDT offers the National Basketball Association league pass, and a free limited YouTube use. It is expanding its promos into e-sports content.

PLDT also expects bigger contribution of Home and Enterprise to overall growth. PLDT Enterprise revenues increased by 15% in the first quarter of 2018, boosted by cloud infrastructure and managed information technology (IT) services revenues.

The company is also continuing its fourth generation (4G) rollout and its doubling its fiber capacity.

“In fixed line, we will set the pace for our fiber to the home buildout, and convert our DSL subscribers to fiber-like broadband. We’ve completed our 3G rollout, and should substantially finish our 4G network, with competitive speed and coverage,” Mr. Pangilinan said in his remarks during the stockholders’ meeting.

PLDT is aiming to double its fiber and hybrid fiber broadband capacity to over 2.2 million ports, with about 650,000 of the additional ports for fiber and another 550,000 for hybrid fiber broadband.

Smart is also targeting to double the number of long-term evolution (LTE) base stations to about 17,700 and increase the number of LTE-equipped cell sites to over 6,800. The wireless subsidiary of PLDT also announced that it is preparing to have a fifth-generation (5G)-ready network by 2020.


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldt-expects-gro...es-profit/
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6-15

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.

“It will have a minimal impact on our revenues. Probably [just give you an idea] around P200 million. In a relation to our billion revenues, this is minimal. So we are a net receiver on the voice side, and net payer on the SMS side. So on the whole if you net the two, probably revenues will drop by about P200 million, “ PLDT President, Chairman, and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters on June 13.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has directed the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to cut interconnection charges between telecommunications companies, as a way to reduce consumer costs and encourage the entry of a “third” telecommunications player. DICT has said that the NTC plans to lower rates to from P.250 to P0.50 for voice calls and from P0.15 to P0.05 for short messaging service (SMS).

However, Mr. Pangilinan said the reduction in interconnection charges will not mean lower rates.

“What I only want to clarify is most likely there will be no impact on the price of the service to consumers, because I don’t want to give the impression that it will translate into lower prices, and that’s not the case. Interconnection is relevant to the telcos. It might be an attraction the third telco player because the interconnect fees are low,” he said.

5G ROLLOUT
Meanwhile, PLDT said it is preparing for fifth generation (5G) network by 2020, saying that this is the schedule based on an “informed decision,” while Globe said it is sticking to its schedule of rollout of a home broadband 5G service by the second quarter of 2019.

“I think we’d be asleep at our job if somebody else gets ahead of us in launching the 5G service in whatever way or form,” Mr. Pangilinan said.

In response, Globe said it will stick to its commitment to connect homes by 5G technology.

“Globe has been 5G ready since 2016… The technology is one step closer to deployment in the Philippines after its successful demonstration of 5G capabilities in a real-world outdoor environment over a live network,” Globe said in a statement.

Both telcos partnered with Huawei Technologies Ltd. for the development of their 5G networks.

Telcos around the world have been announcing their 5G rollout schedules. The international telecommunications industry has yet to set final standards for 5G.


source: http://bworldonline.com/cut-in-interconn...-revenues/
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6-22

PLDT Enterprise on track for double-digit revenue growth

PLDT, Inc. said its enterprise business is on track to post double-digit revenue growth this year.

PLDT Chief Revenue Officer Eric R. Alberto told reporters during the Philippine Digital Convention 2018 in Pasay City that the company is targeting 11% full-year revenue growth for the enterprise business.

“That’s the target guidance this year but we are tracking 9.5%. You know, it’s a build up. You are trying to build your pipeline. We’re still very optimistic that hopefully, business cycles are not that terrible that we are not able to meet that. We are still tracking and hopeful that we will be able to do at least double-digit,” he said.

In the first quarter PLDT Enterprise revenues jumped 15%, driven by cloud infrastructure and managed IT services revenues.

Mr. Alberto noted data and information and communications technology (ICT) accounts for the bulk of PLDT’s revenues, displacing traditional voice.

However, he noted many businesses still depend on traditional voice services it for specific functions such as multiple-platform unified communication solutions.

“It’s just that (traditional voice) will be overtaken by more and more data use. Data as I say, is the new gold for everyone particularly for enterprises. Data is your core platform for your database for analytics so that businesses can relate more intimately with customers,” he said.

PLDT netted P6.97 billion in the first quarter, up 41% from the same period last year, while core income jumped 14% to P6.07 billion in the first three months of 2018. It has set a guidance of core recurring income of P24 billion for this year.

Meanwhile, PLDT Enterprise also announced it will start offering software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology to its enterprise customers, which helps them become “more agile” in its workflow.

“SD-WAN interconnects enterprise networks, data centers, and the cloud with each other — enabling customers to be agile despite geographical distances via a powerful and secure platform,” the company said in a statement.

PLDT is partnering with Cisco for its SD-WAN offer.

“The key differentiator for us when we talk about SD-WAN which we just launched today (is) it’s not just domestic. It includes international,” said Jovy I. Hernandez, head of Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

Mr. Alberto is positive that SD-WAN will be a contributor in helping the telco company reach its target growth for the year, as he believes its enterprise customers, whether large or small and medium enterprises(SME), are “fearless” in digitizing.


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldt-enterprise-...ue-growth/
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7-2

PLDT’s int’l submarine cable link to be switched on within 3rd quarter

PLDT, INC. is looking to fire up its submarine cable link connecting the Philippines to three continents within the third quarter of the year.

PLDT Chief Revenue Officer Eric R. Alberto told reporters on the sidelines of the Philippine Digital Convention 2018 last week the company will soon be switching on the company’s Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) Cable System.

“I think it’s going live, the (AAE-1)…. It’s now connected within Asia, but I think it’s stretching out to connect in the Middle East to Europe. I think the terminal landing station is in France,” he said.

Mr. Alberto noted the project initially costs $10 million, but PLDT may have to invest more or swap some of its excess capacity on the other side of the transpacific as it boosts capacity.

Last year, PLDT said the 25,000-kilometer cable will link the Philippines to 19 countries in the three continents: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Yemen, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

“With AAE-1, the PLDT Group’s total international capacity will be over 4 Terabits per second (Tbps), significantly greater than that of competition, further underscoring the superiority of the PLDT network,” PLDT International Network Vice-President Genaro C. Sanchez previously said.

The company partnered with Hong Kong-based telco provider PCCW Global for the project.

PLDT has set a P58-billion budget for capital expenditures in 2018. During the first quarter, it reported a 39% increase in net income to P6.9 billion on the back of improved performance of its wireless business.

By the end of the year, the company is targeting to reach a full-year core income of P23-24 billion.


source: http://bworldonline.com/pldts-intl-subma...d-quarter/
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