Telecom Asia — Telstra announced last week that it was in talks with San Miguel Corporation (SMC), a food and beverage company and the largest conglomerate in the country, on a possible joint venture to offer wireless telecommunications services in the Philippines. While this by no means should be seen as the solution to the laggard performance of Philippine internet, this partnership could serve to reinvigorate the telecom market and give the Filipino consumer a third choice.
Tech In Asia — “There’s a ton of bullshit in people’s CVs, especially about IT skills,” says Dann Angelo De Guzman, founder of Philippine startup CloudSwyft. This is a major problem for employers that CloudSwyft wants to solve. Dann says IT guys often oversell themselves or lie about their abilities. Unsuspecting employers who rely on paper resumes and in-person interviews discover this only when the candidates have been hired and are in action. The result: time and money wasted.
Want China Times — Asustek Computer of Taiwan took the lead in the Philippines’ big-screen phone market during the second quarter of 2015 thanks to the launch of its 5.5-inch ZenFone 2 smartphone in April. Citing data compiled by research firm International Data Corp, Asustek said in a statement on Saturday that it topped the Philippines market in mid-tier and high-end smartphones with a 5.5-inch or larger screen in the April-June quarter, without giving its market share or shipments.
Focus Taiwan — Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Inventec Corp. (英業達), a major Taiwanese supplier of Chinese phone brand Xiaomi Inc., is thinking of setting up an intelligent manufacturing plant in Indonesia or the Philippines next year as part of its global expansion. The new facility would initially manufacture smartphones and PC-related products such as all-in-one computers, commercial tablets and mini-desktop computers based on customer demand, Inventec Chairman Richard Lee (李詩欽) said during a break at an event marking a cloud partnership between Microsoft Corp. and Chunghwa Telecom Co. (中華電信).
Phil Star — You can type as many text messages as you can and see the person you are chatting with in real time. You can see her world, where she is, how she looks. When she types “LOL” or “haha” you can really see her laugh. When she sends a smiling emoji, you can see that smile as well. But you can’t talk, you can’t hear. And neither can she. You can only both chat and watch. This in essence is Livetext, the new messaging app launched by Yahoo that blends text messaging with silent video.
Manila Standard Today — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. said it is in talks with foreign partners to build a new international cable landing station in Mindanao as part of its network expansion. “We are in discussion with the new one. We would like to have something in Mindanao because we already have three landing stations in Luzon,” PLDT president and chief executive Napoleon Nazareno said.
Digital News Asia — THE Philippines is the most active country on social media, according to the latest State of the Mobile Web report by Opera Software. Mobile Internet users in the Philippines tend to visit social-networking sites more than any other, the company said in a statement. In total, 86% of the page views from Opera Mini mobile browser users in the Philippines are to social-network sites – the highest percentage among Opera Mini’s top-50 user countries, worldwide.
Inquirer — DAVAO CITY: The Maguindanao town of Parang has been chosen as Mindanao’s gateway under the $30-million Internet connectivity project in the East Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Growth Area (Eaga), an economic cooperation initiative involving Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP).
PRNewswire Asia — SINGAPORE: Running from 2nd-3rd September 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila and bringing together 1000+ attendees, 60 expert speakers and 40 international & local exhibitors, Cards & Payments Philippines and the E-Commerce Show Philippines will be the premier meeting places for the entire payments and e-commerce ecosystems from across the country.
HBR — Fifteen years ago, Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines was a former military base still dotted with barracks built in World War II. Thanks to an aggressive privatization and conversion program, Bonifacio Global City — as the base is known today — is a modern, bustling financial district lined with blocks of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and luxury condos. The Southeast Asia city’s rapid growth echoes the story of the so-called “unicorns” — technology start-ups that rapidly grew to a billion-dollar valuation and beyond. So far, 2015 has produced 30 unicorns.
Phil Star — MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom recently opened its third and largest Generation 3 (GEN3) Store to date in Cebu, boosting its retail presence in the Visayas region and giving Cebuanos a new retail experience that is up to par with international retail outlets worldwide.
Fierce Telecom — Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales. In 2014, the service provider, in partnership with its consortium partners, began building the new submarine cable linking Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and California.
Deal Street Asia — Philippine listed mobile carrier Globe Telecom Inc has agreed to purchase all the equity in the capital stock of Bayan Telecommunications Inc (Bayantel) that are held by Bayan Telecommunications Holdings Corp (BTHC) and Lopez Holdings Corp (LHC). Pegged at $40.4 million (P1.83 billion), the transaction involves up to 70,763,707 Bayantel shares and increases Globe’s equity interests in Bayantel from 56.87 per cent to 98.57 per cent of outstanding capital stock, Globe said in a statement.
Phil Star — MANILA, Philippines – Huawei Technologies Philippines Inc. recently held “Building a Better Connected Philippines” at Dusit Thani Manila Hotel. “At Huawei, we believe technological innovation will help advance social progress, and communications will enrich people’s lives. We will leverage our leading ICT products and solutions to innovate jointly with our Filipino partners to help this country become a leading nation,” says Huawei Philippines CEO Jacky Gao Kexin.
LEADING telecommunications provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said it is targeting to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a consortium of telcos on its plan to invest between $50 million and $100 million on a second Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system and that it plans to construct a new cable landing station either in Daet, Camarines Sur or in Batangas. The telecom provider looking at “Asia-America Gateway (AAG) number 2 cable, but we’re still in the planning stage,” Genaro Sanchez, PLDT vice president for international network, said in a phone interview.
Cauayan is the first of 144 cities in the Philippines to become a “smarter city”, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo announced. A smart city should have ICT infrastructure to connect systems, and share and analyse data, resulting in “faster, real-time responses to present situations”, Montejo said. Cauayan’s initiatives include an e-government system, a computerised police clearance process and a city ID system.
Taiwan-based Acer is looking to export its cloud computing services to other countries and has targeted China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as it looks for local system integrators for cooperation. Acer’s president of Pan-Asia Pacific Regional Operation Oliver Ahrens noted that the company is developing fast in both China and India and has already seen progress in a few cases in Malaysia. Acer’s president of Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Maverick Shih pointed out that the business has three major product lines: cloud computing services, which the company is aggressively looking to export; Internet of things (IoT); and Acer Octon, the telecom solution unit. The company is also seeing strong orders for related solutions.
The Philippines will use technology developed by Japan to provide Wi-Fi access in parts of the country with lower connectivity. Japan’s National Institute of ICT will provide a database (pictured) which will allow the Philippines to use unassigned television channel frequencies, known as TV white spaces, for Wi-Fi. The Philippines is rolling out free Wi-Fi in 997 cities across the country, having tendered for the US$31.6 million project last month.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) announced it will contruct an eighth data center in the country at a cost of nearly $29 million. The data center will accommodate around 1,200 rack equivalents bringing its total capacity to more than 8,000. The five-story data center will be constructed in the Clark Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Pampanga, located in the Central Luzon region. PLDT has planned IT hubs there, which the data center will serve, in addition to regional businesses in general. The data center is also positioned to meet disaster recovery requirements.
MANILA, Philippines – Let’s start with a few assumptions, said May-Ann Lim, executive director of Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA): if you think that Asia will be the next driver of global growth, then you’ll wonder what powers that growth. “Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 99.95% of all enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region,” Lim said in an exclusive interview. Enabling faster SME growth therefore enables you to have the greatest positive impact on regional development, she added.