Smart partners with Samsung to drive 5G-SA growth in the Philippines

Smart Communications partnered with leading 5G smartphone vendor Samsung to lead the development of 5G Standalone (5G-SA) technology in the Philippines.   According to a press release, the mobile services provider said that this development follows Smart’s recent firing up of their commercial 5G-SA sites in Makati.  “5G SA creates new opportunities for enterprises and consumers, […]

Philipines Senate approves bill allowing foreign ownership of public services

The Philippines’ Senate approved a bill, late last week, that would allow foreign investment into several sectors, including telecommunications providers. The bill that allows foreigners to fully own and control firms in key industries in the Philippines like telecommunications and transportation, is one step closer to becoming law after getting an approval from the Senate. […]

Smart, KT team up to develop 5G innovations in the Philippines

Smart Communications, Inc. and Korea’s largest telecommunications company, KT Corp., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and develop consumer 5G use cases in the Philippines. “Smart has long been at the forefront of innovation in the Philippines. These innovations have led to widespread social and economic development over the years. In order […]

Philippines mobile services revenues to reach $5.4bn in 2026

Riding on the waves of the rising adoption of mobile data services, the total mobile services revenue in the Philippines is set to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent from $4.1bn in 2021 to $5.4bn in 2026, data analytics and consulting company, GlobalData said. According to Global Data’s Philippines Mobile […]

Parasat Cable TV taps Harmonic for broadband operations upgrade in Philippines

Philippines operator Parasat Cable TV has selected Harmonic’s CableOS Cloud-Native Core Platform to modernize its broadband operations. Harmonic is expected to enable Parasat Cable TV to expand broadband capacity and bring internet access to subscribers. The Cable TV is replacing a legacy and proprietary Huawei Remote MAC-PHY with Harmonic’s standards-based DAA that includes the CableOS […]

Philippines: NOW telecom will run as the fourth mobile operator

On September 14, 2020, The National Telecommunications Commission NTC issued a provisional authority allowing NOW Telecom Company Inc. to install, operate, and maintain a nationwide mobile telecommunications system, according to Manila Bulletin. NOW will run as the fourth mobile operator in the Philippines, offering mobile data, text messages, and voice calls to customers across the […]

The Philippines reported impressive improvements in 4G/LTE availability

Opensignal – an analytical firm- reported “impressive improvements” by Philippine’s two main telecom players, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. The report that provides an audit for the quarter covering April-June 2020 states a 20% increase in 4G/LTE coverage in the country. Inside Telecom has recently reported about Philippines President Duterte warning telecom operators of possible […]

Philippine telcos to face closure or expropriation

“Kindly improve your services before December 2020”, warned Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. On July 27, 2020, and during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representative in Metro Manila, the president called on operators, Telecom Globe and Smart Communications to improve their services otherwise he will order a government takeover. “I […]

Digital connectivity and extended network coverage in the Philippines

Most countries are working to enhance and diversify their telecom services, including cell coverage capabilities to serve the population and to enable growth. However, many countries still face challenges related to delivering optimal network services, including Philippines. The country’s telecommunications industry is a locally dominated sector, with PLDT and Globe Telecom, as the main local […]