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Reaction to PLDT and Globe Buying SMC Telco Assets: Chance for Better Internet?

PLDT and Globe are set to make a huge announcement this morning revealing that they bought the telco assets of San Miguel. This is huge news and it will have a massive effect on the digital and tech landscape of the country. Our reaction is pretty straightforward and simple — this is our chance for better Internet but PLDT, Globe, and the Government has to get their act together..

The Pressure is On: We Expect Better Internet Services ASAP

With the prospect of a third telco entering the market fading away, there’s no other way to react to this news but to demand better Internet services from PLDT and Globe. The 700 MHz spectrum should help with capacity of both telcos which is at the root of poor and unreliable speeds.

Ideally the ratio between cell site to Internet users should be around 500-800 users to 1 cell site. You know how bad it is in the Philippines? We’re at 2200 users to 1 cell site.

The strength of the 700 MHz spectrum is that it offers much higher capacity than the other frequencies. It is also more cost effective to deploy on the part of the telco. For more information on this, check out this interview we had with Tony Velasquez on Future Perfect about the issue.

So What Now? DICT Can Make a Mark with This One

PLDT and Globe need to invest in cell sites and optimising their network (base stations, etc). Just as important, the government has to do their part by making it easier and faster to put up cell sites all over the country.

According to telco insiders and professionals, it takes forever to put up a cell site because of all the permits telcos have to get from LGUs. Now that Globe and Smart have access to the 700 MHz spectrum, all that needs to happen is for them to put up more cell sites. The government has to do their part by making it easier and faster to put up cell sites all over the country. This is where the newly announced Department of Information, Communications, and Technology (DICT) can make a huge impact.

We all have parts to play here. The government, telcos, media, and even you guys. What’s consistent is we need to keep demanding and expecting progress and service improvement. Service befitting a country that holds the title of the “social media capital of the world”.


MVP commits better Internet services

So that’s what we want. An action plan on how this will all be operationalized (with specific timelines). We don’t just want to hear from telcos, we also want to hear from the government. It will be exciting to hear what Digong has to say about this, hehe. 😛

More on this as the morning goes on. We have a few interviews scheduled. Keep glued to this space.

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.

13 Comments

  1. hinfi kailangan ng mabilis na internet, yung limited bandwith tanggalin nila or taasan man lang. seryoso? 800mb lang for 50 pesos? ani magagawa mo sa 800mb na limit? eh youtube palang ang lakas na kumain ng mb. sana gawin man lang 2gb na limit. masyado maliit ang 800mb realtalk. sana madiscuss nyo po eto sir author sa mga telco company.

  2. may punto si globe at smart, well kahit anong business naman lalo na pag malaking business hindi mawawala ang mga buhaya sa city hall, buhaya sa barangay at buhaya sa special department depending on the specialization..

    ayusin ang process at paikliin, at iwasan ang red tape and corruption.. kahit company namin niyayare ng mga gagong mukhang pera sa gobyerno, pero dahil no choice ka, magpapaluge ka nlang…

    maganda ung idea na pag hiwalaying yung IT sector department tapos sila ang may jurisdiction sa permits, then city hall nalng para iwas na red tape at mabilis ma approve..

    magpakabit nga lang ng PLDT IGATE or GLOBE QUEST ang tagal, ang dami kasi dadaanang buhaya… cityhall, barangay, company ng mayari ng poste dadaanan, ntc.. tapos lahat hihingi ng pampadulas taragis..

    minsan nakakasar lang yung sisihin ung 2 duopology na to since madalas ang may kasalanan din naman e yung mga gagong mga nasa gobyerno na puro mukhang padulas..

  3. BS! Iilang devices lang currently sa Pilipinas ang may support sa 700MHz na frequency? Sagot: konti pang at madalas yung high end devices pa. So basically, this would barely make an impact (at least at the present) and those who want to take advantage would need a new device.

    Competition is the answer to improve PH internet.

  4. Siguro lang ang sasabihin ni President elect (I voted for him) “Pu…na. Anangyare????” Hehehe… Joke lang, Mr. President….

    Anyway, sad to hear SMC had backed out in the last minute.

  5. “Ideally the ratio between cell site to Internet users should be around 500-800 users to 1 cell site. You know how bad it is in the Philippines? We’re at 2200 users to 1 cell site.”

    So kasalanan ng subscribers, ganun? Malaki kinikita nila tapos di makapagbuild ng extra cell sites. Gaguhan,

    As for yung 700MHz na band, iilang devices sa Pilipinas so far ang may support dun? Konti lang so di rin natin mararamdaman agad yung epekto.

    Dagdag na kumpetisyon ang sagot!

  6. 700MHz only handles as much load as other frequencies. In fact, maximum throughput of 700MHz is lower compared to those higher frequencies already in use. What 700MHz has compared to currently deployed frequencies is farther range and better building penetration and the potential to be an offload for those devices capable of using the frequency.

    Speaking of devices, there are only a few devices sold in Asia that are capable of utilizing the said frequency band (and those are high-end devices) so at the moment, its impact would be minimal. Also, in the US, the 700 MHz band has been divided into sub bands so its another challenge to those who want to use a compatible device.

  7. WOW !!!
    PLDT + GLOBE & SMC
    KAYO NA TALAGA…

    THE KINGS OF ALL
    MIDNIGHT DEALS !!!

    THESE TELCOS KNOWING
    THAT THIS CANNOT
    BE DONE UNDER THE
    PRESIDENT DIGONG
    ADMINISTRATION,
    NOW THEY TOOK
    ADVANTAGE OF WHAT IS
    LEFT WITH THE LAST
    DAYS OF THE STILL
    PNOY GOVERNMENT !!!

    ANG HUHUSAY NYO
    TALAGA GUMIMIK NA
    KASABWAT ANG GOBYERNO
    BASTAT PARA SA KAPERAHAN
    WALA MAKAKAUNA SA INYO

    WALANG KAKUPAS-KUPAS
    KAYO NA TALAGA !!!

    WITHOUT ANY DOUBT
    NOW FINALLY WE HAVE
    PROVEN THE STINKING
    WAYS OF THE “TUWID NA
    DAAN” OF PNOY.
    IT IS NOT SO STRAIGHT
    AFTER ALL…

    ITS ALL ABOUT SCAMMING
    THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE
    GUISE OF DEVELOPMENT
    WOW KAW NA ANG POGI !!!

    THE HOPES FOR A THIRD
    TELCO IS NOW DEAD…
    MUCH MORE NOW THAT
    THE AVAILABLE FREQUENCIES
    ARE THE LEFTOVERS & THE
    RETURNED ONES FROM PLDT
    & GLOBE… WOW HUSAY NYO !!!

    NGAYON PAPANO NA ANG
    MGA MAMAMAYANG
    PILIPINO ???
    AYAN EHHH DI… NGANGA !!!

  8. Believe me If youve experienced a delay in the installation of igate or any of pldt’s services, it has little or nothing to do with govt red tape but more on the companys stupid internal bureaucracy.Lots of “not my job” mentality inside.

  9. tbh in the end of the day, mas uunahin talaga ng SMC ang negosyo nila kesa sa publiko. Ginamit lang ng SMC ang hype na uhaw natin ng pagbabago sa internet connection para maibenta nila ng malaki kaya sa simula pa lang talaga wala nang malasakit ang SMC sa atin. Wake up folks! -_-

    Anyway pakyu di ko kailangan ng mabilis na internet. Aanhin mo ang 1GBPS kung 800MB lang ang data allocation?! Wake up again folks! -_-

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