Malacañang thanks PLDT for agreeing to return 3G frequencies for free

admin   •   February 8, 2018   •   4063


MANILA, Philippines — Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Officer in Charge Secretary Eliseo Rio sees no more hindrance in determining the third telecommunications player in the country by the 1st quarter of the year.

This after the official confirmed that PLDT has already agreed to return to the government, for free, the 3G frequencies which will be used by the incoming 3rd telco player.

“Resolved na ito. Ang PLDT as of yesterday, willingly binigay na yung frequency at no cost at all. So, wala na itong issue na ito,” said the official.

(This is already resolved. PLDT as of yesterday willingly gave the frequencies at no cost at all. So this no longer an issue.)

Malacañang said that all is well.

Yesterday, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte was displeased after reports that the government has to buy back the frequencies that will be provided to the third telco player.

The chief executive also did not want to extend the target he gave in coming up with a third telco player by March.

Malacañang has extended its thanks to PLDT for its immediate action.

“The president said that he is thankful for PLDT’s cooperation dahil naiintindihan naman ng pangulo at malinaw sa pangulo na itong pagkakaroon ng 3rdtelco carrier ay makikinabang ay taumbayan so nagpasalamat po ang pangulo diyan,” said Roque.

(The president said that he is thankful for PLDT’s cooperation because the president understands and it is clear to him that having a third telco carrier will be beneficial to the people. So the president is thankful for that.)

Secretary Rio said that those who are vying to be the third player must at least have 300 billion pesos of committed financial investment for five years, have a good quality of service, wider coverage in the country, but with lower subscription rate for clients.

The private sector is expected to submit its proposal by the end of March. By early April, the government must have already determined the country’s third telco player. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

PLDT assures connectivity during 5-day cable maintenance period starting Sept. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunications and digital service provider PLDT informed its customers of a possible Internet traffic on the duration of the five-day emergency maintenance activities by one of its international cable system operators.

In its advisory, PLDT said one of its submarine cable systems, Asia-America Gateway, will conduct maintenance works in the waters of Hong Kong from Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 AM to Wednesday September 30 at 5:00 AM

Because of this, PLDT customers may experience service interruptions during the five day maintenance efforts but the company assured its clients that measures will be undertaken to minimize the effects. 

“In light of this, we wish to assure PLDT and Smart customers of continued internet connectivity all throughout.  We have identified alternative cable systems to keep our connectivity resilient,” the PLDT said.

“We have also adopted measures such as traffic rerouting and local caching, ensuring that most frequently downloaded content is located in the Philippines,” it added. 

The company assured that students can still do their online studies and exams, and users in homes and businesses can go about their normal internet-based activities during this time.

PLDT to conduct emergency maintenance from September 26 to 30

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2020

Telecommunications firm PLDT on Wednesday (September 23) announced they will conduct an emergency maintenance on one of its submarine cable systems from September 26 to 30.

Network Advisory on the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Emergency Maintenance Activities: https://bit.ly/AAG_Maintenance#PLDTAdvisory

Posted by PLDT on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In an advisory, the telco firm said the operator of the international trans-Pacific submarine cable system Asia-America Gateway (AAG) will conduct emergency maintenance activities. Customers will experience ‘minimize impact’ in internet connection, however, the PLDT assured they will continue their service for all PLDT and Smart subscribers.

“We wish to assure our customers of continued connectivity, as we have alternative cable systems to keep our services going during this maintenance period of AAG,” the advisory reads. AAC

Lacson tells DICT to aim for faster PH internet speed

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security, on Thursday urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to aim for an “excellent” speed of internet connection.

Lacson made the remark in response to the view of DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II that the Philippines “is not doing too badly” in terms of internet speed performance during his agency’s 2021 budget hearing in Congress.

“With all due respect to a highly regarded Cavalier and distinguished former Senate colleague, “not so bad” may sound worse than ‘not so good,’” he said in a statement.

Honasan earlier said that while other countries have 55 megabytes per second (mbps) internet speeds, the 3 to 7mbps internet speed in the country “is not that bad” amid complaints over slow speed.

“In the middle of a pandemic when the order of the day is virtual communication, what we want to hear, at least realistically, is ‘good enough,’” Lacson said.

“Of course, it goes without saying, ‘very good’ or even ‘excellent’ is what we all want to hear from DICT. Clearly, there is much room for improvement,” he added.

According to the DICT, the country’s current internet speed could reach up to 25.07mbps, compared to the maximum 7.91mbps in 2016.

The agency said the country’s slower internet connection is due to lack of telecommunications infrastructure compared to other countries that have fix broadbands which require lots of telecommunication towers and fiber optic cables.

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