Globe Telecom taps on NetApp SolidFire to support its cloud services

PhilippinesMIS Asia — Philippine-based Globe Telecom – through its Globe Business group – has leveraged the all-flash scale-out storage platform of NetApp SolidFire to support its Virtual Private Cloud and Dedicated Private Cloud services. In a press statement, NetApp SolidFire said that Globe deployed the platform to modernise its data centre infrastructure to enable its customers to maximise the capabilities of the cloud technology.

Globe on track to complete Davao cable landing station

PhilippinesPhil Star — MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom Inc. is on track to complete its cable landing station in Davao which forms part of the $250-million Southeast Asia-US (SEA-US) submarine cable system being constructed to address the growing use of Internet services. Globe chief commercial officer Albert de Larrazabal told reporters work on SEA-US submarine cable system is ongoing.

Globe Business leads digital transformation in PH

PhilippinesInquirer Net — Globe Business, the enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, has led the digital transformation of the country’s top enterprises in 2015 following the strong performance of its enterprise data and broadband segments. Full-year enterprise revenues in 2015 have grown by 12% versus previous year, while EBITDA increased by 15.7%, primarily driven by the growth in data business at 18%.

Globe says investment in SE Asia-US submarine cable link to exceed $80M

PhilippinesBusiness World — “If we include the Davao construction, that adds up to the investments. The $80 million pertains only to the SEA-US system per se,” Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto said in a mobile phone reply yesterday, but declined to disclose figures. The SEA-US submarine cable system will link Davao; Manado in Indonesia; Piti in Guam; Honolulu; and Los Angeles.

Philippines’ mobile wallet providers announce interoperability

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — Mobile money interoperability in the Philippines took a step forward with the successful integration of the digital payments mobile app of Paymaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), with Globe Telecom’s mobile money service GCash. It is seen to boost the local digital commerce ecosystem.

Philippine gov’t to develop budget, treasury management system with Globe

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Philippine government has announced a partnership with Innove Commununications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom to develop a Budget and Treasury Management System (BTMS) that will make the annual budgeting process more transparent. The project involves the implementation and operation of a fiscal management solution which will be used by the Department of Budget and Management, as well as the Bureau of Treasury and Commission on Audit.

Philippine telco giants lag behind peers in Asia Pacific

PhilippinesBusiness Mirror — DESPITE the headwinds that the telecommunications industry will face this year, the overall outlook for the sector remains bright. Consumers, in particular, will likely benefit from the possible entry of a new market player that promises to provide Internet services with better quality than the incumbents.

Globe to build $80-m cable hub, from PH

PhilippinesThe Standard — Globe Telecom Inc. is building a new international cable landing station in Mindanao worth $80 million or P3.7 billion, as a part of a network redundancy plan to meet the growing demand of mobile and broadband services in the country. The  Ayala-led telecom company, in a filing with the National Telecommunications Commission, is seeking a provisional authority to install, operate and maintain an international cable landing station in Davao City.

Impending Telstra-SMC partnership puts pressure on PH telecom

PhilippinesTelecom Asia — Last week, telco rivals PLDT and Globe each announced the launch of new broadband services, which both claimed could offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps in select areas. This scenario leaves little room for other players to gain an advantage, except those with the resources to invest in its own international submarine cable, landing station, backbone network, and spectrum.

Globe Telecom opens Generation 3 Store in Cebu

PhilippinesPhil 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.

Philippine-listed Globe increases stake in Bayantel to 98.5%

PhilippinesDeal 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.

Philippine gov’t warns telcos of penalties for throttling ‘unlimited’ data users

When you sell “unlimited” data plans and put speed limits on them, there’s something seriously wrong. The Philippines’ Justice department told mobile operators this in an advisory today, warning them of penalties for throttling supposedly unlimited data plans when subscribers use the internet too much. The practice of throttling or reducing internet speeds makes it difficult to perform tasks like navigating using GPS or watching a video.

Philippines’ Globe Telecom Partners with iDirect to Provide Best-in-Class Satellite Communications to Corporate Clients

HERNDON, Va. — VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that leading Philippine telecommunications service provider, Globe Telecom will leverage iDirect’s Evolution platform coupled with its X3 remote to offer corporate clients robust, flexible, and high speed connectivity that can meet their critical business needs and allow them to widen their reach in the Philippines.