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October 28, 2014

Early this month, the Philippines’ two major telcos, the PLDT Group (Smart and Sun) and Globe, started offering free internet services. Globe gave free Facebook while Smart and Sun Cellular announced free bandwidth for browsing, searching, online shopping, and e-mail. However, according to a handful of accounts, the PLDT Group’s free-data promo only allows access to select websites and apps, mainly content that were specified in its advertisements.

The days of zero rating are here. Although some pundits point out that zero rating has been around for quite some time, it is only now...

September 30, 2014

Last September 26, the Philippine telecom industry was jolted and Filipinos went a little crazy over the “free internet” offering by the incumbent telco. No less than Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) of the PLDT Group made the “big announcement” that all Smart, Talk ‘n Text, and Sun Cellular prepaid subscribers will be given free internet for two months.

Of course, this free internet is not without conditions. A subscriber needs to maintain a one-peso balance or be subscribed to any load/bucket promo, must register daily, can only access up to 30 MB per day, and is guaranteed a minimum...

September 10, 2014

The Philippines’ two major telcos, PLDT and Globe Telecom, are on an infrastructure investment roll. In July, PLDT announced completing its domestic fiber optic network worth 700-million pesos in Bohol province. In August, PLDT signed on to the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) project, joining 17 other operators to deploy a 25,000km subsea cable system. Meanwhile, Globe is investing $80 million in a submarine cable directly connecting Southeast Asia and the United States (SEA-US) slated for completion in 2016.

Year after year, PLDT and Globe spend billions of pesos in capital...

July 07, 2014

Continued from Part 2

On June 27, the Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Internet Society – Philippine chapter held a forum on the impact and benefits of the internet exchange (IX). The event, which also served as a gathering of the Philippine Network Operators Group (PHNOG), was in line with the 2014 National ICT Month celebration.

Hong Kong Internet eXchange’s Mr. Che-Hoo Cheng, who joined the forum remotely, highlighted how the HKIX helps keep intra-Asia traffic within the region. Through the IX, network latency is very good at ~50ms to Tokyo...

June 25, 2014

Continued from Part 1

Since the May-28 Senate hearing investigating the Philippines’ slow and expensive internet, local IP peering has gained traction and media has since caught on. This article by a popular online news site garnered 4,000 shares on Facebook and 220 retweets on Twitter. What this says is that people are eager to understand the problem and know about possible solutions, no matter how highly technical they may be.

A few years ago, the National Telecommunications Commission had tried to issue an order mandating telcos and ISPs to peer via the Philippine Open...