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Australian Telco Telstra Planning to Enter Philippine Market

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Third Telco Coming Soon?

Telstra, the largest telecom provider in Australia, is in talks with San Miguel Corporation to enter the Philippines to challenge Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. The joint venture discussions between the two companies are in advanced stages and have been going on for several months already. The investment from Telstra would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Why San Miguel? They basically have the spectrum assets and the ability to do business in the Philippines. Telstra would bring the technical and engineering know-how while San Miguel can navigate the local business landscape. Telstra sees a lot of potential in the Philippines because of the “lack of high-speed 4G services” which they claim just reaches 5 percent of the market.

To move forward though the new JV company will need to go on a very aggressive hiring and pirating push. San Miguel’s Liberty Telecom which operates Wi-Tribe was a massive failure as it wasn’t able to grab significant market share from either telco. The reviews of their services have also been abysmal.

Wi-Tribe's main banner on their website is... uninspiring.
Wi-Tribe’s main banner on their website is… uninspiring.

The expansion of Telstra in the region is not new as they have already made big inroads in Indonesia with their JV with Telkom Indonesia. The success they’ve had there is probably one of the main sources of confidence they have in trying to enter the Philippine market.

Globe has already responded by saying “bring it on”. We’ve sent a request to Smart asking for their comment. We’ll edit this article as soon as we get a statement from them.

Sources: 1, 2

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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29 Comments

    1. meron sila infra dito Telstra Global ang may gamit nun which Internet service nila for corporates like sa office namin speed is 25-200 mbps, sa makati ang office nito

      1. @King Jom-Un

        Telstra bought Pacnet, please google Pacnet and you’ll know how big they are.

        Also, a lot of BPO and IT companies in Manila relies on Pacnet as their ISP kasi inadequate and PLDT.

  1. THE OBVIOUS NEW HIERARCHY:

    GOOD – GLOBE
    BETTER – TELSTRA
    WORST – SUN & SMART

    you should all believe us…
    we should know very well…
    we have all become d helpless victims of SUN & SMART…
    we have been lied to & our payments stolen..
    we paid so much for garbage service…
    despite our violent complaints!!!
    we just really can’t explain why,
    every time we make our full payments,
    SUN & SMART turns deaf & dumb to complains!!!

    WOW… ANG KAKAPAL NILA… SUPER!!!

  2. I TRULY AGREE THAT RIGHT NOW THE TELCOS ARE IN NO WAY SATURATED WITH SUBSCRIBERS, NEVER!!!
    WHAT IS SATURATING THEM IS THE GREED & THE LOVE FOR MONEY @ THE EXPENSE OF THE LOWLY SUBSCRIBERS WHO ARE SPENDING THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY JUST TO BE SCAMMED BY THESE B**L SH*T FU*K**G TELCOS WHO ARE EXPERT LIARS, CHEATERS & THEIVES…
    WHILE FOR US SUBSCRIBERS, DO WE HAVE ANY CHOICE?
    RIGHT NOW IN FINDING AN INTERNET ACCOUNT, YOU JUST EITHER DIE OR GET KILLED TRYING…
    BELIEVE ME… THIS IS MY FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE WITH NO LESS THAN SUN CELLULAR… ;-(

  3. i think this is for the best..the more competition,the better they will offer something new..siguro kya papasok yan dahil na rin sa poor service ng current ph telcoms..isama mo pa ung balak na pagtanggal ng unli data sa mga wireless subscriber..as long as kya ni TELSTRA na imaintain ung highspeed internet even though they offer unli data plan..wala siguro complain nun si NTC.bka mabigyan pa internet signal ung ibang remote areas..diba??

  4. Telstra is the biggest and leading telephone, internet and mobile service provider. Not to mention, they are the most expensive. In my opinion, they are expensive because of the quality of the service they are giving. What you pay is what you get. Sana hindi sya expensive pagdumating sa pinas pero good network service din sana.

  5. I AM WILLING TO PAY BIG FOR GOOD INTERNET SERVICE RATHER THAN BE FORCED TO SPEND ON GARBAGE LIKE WHAT SUN CELLULAR IS PROVIDING ME… THEY HAVE ALL THE NERVE TO NAG ME ON DELAYED PAYMENTS @ NOT MIND MY COMPLAINTS ON POOR SIGNAL… ANG KAKAPAL NYO… GAGO!!!

  6. As long as telstra provide a faster connection at equal price, I’ll definite go for it. Rather than globe or pldt taas na nga ng presyo bagal pa ng connection.

  7. OMG…
    SURELY THESE TELCOS ARE NOW D LOWEST FORMS OF BEINGS IN D PLANET TODAY…
    THEY R WORST THAN PARASITES WHO SUCK D BLOOD OUT OF THEIR HELPLESS SUBSCRIBERS…
    THEY EXIST & THRIVE ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF STEALING MONEY FROM THE LOWLY SUBSCRIBERS WHOM THEY HAVE DECEIVED INTO THEIR LOUSY SERVICE.
    THEY R EXPERTS ON LIES, DECEIT & FALSEHOOD!!!
    THEY NEVER CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THEIR SUBSCRIBERS, DESPITE BEING UPDATED IN PAYMENT, THE CONNECTION SERVICE R THROTTLED & CUT WITHOUT ANY OFFICIAL ADVICE, ONLY BECAUSE THEY WANT ALL UNLI-SERVICES REMOVED WITHOUT DUE RESPECT TO ALL THE AFFECTED SUBSCRIBERS.
    THEY R NO LONGER HUMAN !!!
    THEY ALL DESERVE TO DIE !!!

  8. Naku, sana naman mabilis yang internet nila, tsaka mura, kasi kung gagayahin lang nila yung style ng pldt at globe, hahaha, wala din, nganga pa din tayong mga pinoy :P right now kasi, naka PLDT ako, plan 1299, 3 mbps, so far, wala namang problema, mabilis naman, nasa area lang siguro yan, pero kung may plan 1299 din sila, na lets say 10 mbps, hahaha, gogora talaga ko sa kanila, iiwan ko si PLDT :P

    1. halatang wala kang pldt plan… walang plan 1299 ang pldt n 3mbps ang offer… plan 1299- up to 2mbps po cla… at ung 3mbps nla plan 999…

  9. wtf… did u know that globe n smart is powered by pldt? if u want fast n most reliable inet speed give a xot on fber plan… pero xclusive area lng nkkavail nian… ang hirap kc sa atin kulang s knowledge… e p0tapete gusto mbilis kht ung speed ng inet nla 2mbps…. tsk wag kau hypocrito… mgpsalamat n lng tau kc kung wla mga SP ntn… nganga!!! dami angal… pinoy nga nmn

    1. Ang point kasi dito, kaya naman bilisan since mataas ang profit margin ng SP sa pinas pero di ginagawa dahil gusto nilang kumita ng malaki. Masama ang connection ko sa PLDT, nawawala ang internet for a few seconds every once in a while kaya nakakafrustrate lalo na kapag umaatake sa coc! hahaha

  10. Inaabangan din ito ng mga ka officemates ko at 2k daw ang monthly for 100mbps. If that is so, I definitely transfer for good. Currently connected to pldt but honestly during night time lang mabilis. Tsktsktsk

  11. I’m John from Laguna. Subscriber po ako ng PLDT so far in 2 years wala naman naging problem sa connections ko yun lang ang montlhy ko is 1200php tas up to 2mpbs lang ang speed. Pero kung ang io-offer ni Telstra San Miguel eh 100mbps for a price of 2000php dun na ko sulit ang binabayad ko na bill. I mean gusto ko kasi yung internent speed.. Sa mga nega na feed back sa Glodbe Smart and Sun pinaka worst saken ang globe i have a bad experience sa kanila.. Mga peste sila!!!

  12. Habang wala pa ang Testra try nyo na muna ang Promo ng Globe, Bagsak presyo kc 1,299 cash out, basta may existing net ka ng competitor ni Globe Free ang first six months bills, may wifi at unlicalls na ang pone khit sa Globe at Tm celpon, 0926-878-55-77 sa mga mag aapply txt lang..kabit agad.

  13. It can’t happen too soon. And, if you can start a new cell service get rid of this stealing loads from us. Many people want their workers, parents etc. to be able to notify us of an emergency only to find their emergency 30 peso load has been stolen.

    I am unable to access my local bank without timing out. Ridiculous.

    I hope you don’t have a problem with oversubscribing.

  14. Ang pinaka hate ko lang is yung may data cap sila sa internet nila (800mb) globe ..kaway sa mga nakakarelate dyan

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