Smart Acquires Tower Permits For Better Connection

Telecommunications giant Smart Communications has secured permits to build more towers to further boost their connectivity and improve their services. Smart is a wireless subsidiary of PLDT. 660 permits from different Local Government Units (LGU)s have been acquired by Smart to start the construction of their new towers. According to Smart, the ideal number of […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuOct 7th, 2020

Smart accelerates tower construction

Smart Communications Inc. is beefing up its nationwide tower rollout, following the issuance of 34 building permits as part of the government’s efforts to help improve the quality and coverage of telecommunications services in the Philippines......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Globe gets 631 permits to build telecom towers

Globe Telecom Inc. said over the weekend it secured more cellular tower permits from several local government units across the country to improve the voice and data experience of customers......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Beep card and Internet woes

On the Beep card fiasco I spoke out recently on the chaos caused by the mandatory use of the “Beep card” for consumers riding the public buses under the “no-card no-ride”policy. It was as if the riding consumers were being required to purchase a Beep card at “gunpoint” or forget about riding the bus. This chaotic scenario could have been avoided had the regulators done its work mindfully by first consulting with the stakeholders (“who”), drafting the new policy (“what”) and once agreed upon, by ensuring wide dissemination of the changes – the Implementing Guidelines. Where did “complete staff work” go? Or are the consumers just being given an example of doublespeak?  What happened this week was consumers were confronted with the “no- card no-ride”signs on the buses and were required to pay for a ride plus the cost of the card, something they did not need to do before. For those who did pay the extra cost, they then had to find out that the policy was “suspended,” although no refunds were being offered.There was also the spectacle of the agency head announcing that the cards were free, contradicting the policy his agency had just announced and implemented. The card providers then said they were not about to waive their right to be paid. In another statement, a regulator functionary reasoned that it had nothing to do with the fine print on the contract for the cards since they were only responsible for “policy.” This violates the consumer’s right to be informed. The agency should have studied the sector most affected by the shift to cashless transaction – the consumer who must rely on public transportation because he has no alternative and  the same consumer who must make every peso count and who cannot afford any extra expense. This consumer deserves earnest and timely information from government on why he has to pay an additional amount and how it will benefit him, and for the consumers who did pay the additional cost of the card, they should enjoy a swift refund.  The lesson that we consumers learned in the Beep card fiasco is always to be aware and conscious of our consumer rights and to speak up when these rights are threatened or belittled. We should always be vigilant consumers about our rights lest we find these rights trodden again. On Internet speed Like every other consumers, I have problems with Internet speed. I pay my bills and fees  on time ,  however,  I  believe I should only pay for the speed that I receive  and I did not think I was getting what I paid for under my plan. Therefore, I conducted my own speed test and sought redress  from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). I was able to get a refund and am paying now for the plan that is nearest to the speed I am getting. Consumers should exercise their right to seek redress for bad Internet speed.  Consumers should be reimbursed for speed that is not delivered. In this time of the pandemic, profiteering should not be tolerated in any form. I call upon the NTC to take the lead by issuing implementing guidelines on refund for both prepaid and postpaid plans. Consumers should also ask for faster response on consumer complaints. The complaints of Messrs.   Foronda and Platon posted in the Laban Konsyumer emails should be resolved faster. Hopefully, the reported 1,171 new cell tower permits should alleviate consumer woes in the near future. In the meantime however, if you are not getting value for the service you paid for, your option is to downgrade your plan to correspond to the speed you are getting and claim a refund of excess fees paid. You can submit your complaint online at Atty. Vic Dimagiba is President of Laban Konsyumer Inc. Email:»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Internet speed in the time of COVID-19 is everything

Time flies by so fast, and yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought our lives to a screeching halt. Nearly seven months into the quarantined life, we have experienced a day that already feels like a week, a week that feels like a month, and with quarantine guidelines restricting us from being with our loved ones, the only way for us to really connect is through the internet. The question now is, how connected are we to be virtually together? In these trying times with everyone cooped up at home, Internet speed has become indispensable. Apart from speed, having a backup is a necessity, what with every family member hogging the bandwidth for Google Hangouts and/or Zoom calls used for either school or work. This is where PLDT Home comes in, thanks to their newly-launched device: the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem. Internet speed is king — even for a backup modem I got to experience firsthand the newest device that PLDT Home recently launched. Having had my fair share of experience with the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid, the newly improved Advance modem is a definite game-changer. How was it? It was not bad — at all. The LTE-Advance experience The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is a plug-and-play device, so installing it is very easy. To put it to the test, I used the device for an entire day, not just as backup, but as my main source of Internet connection. I put it near the window, which is always the advice given for modems to get better Internet connection. The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem features carrier aggregation that is a combination of frequency channels to power LTE to deliver at faster speeds. This enabled me to connect three devices all at once, without having to sacrifice the quality of my Wifi connectivity. The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance is powered by Smart LTE, the fastest mobile network in the Philippines as certified by Ookla. There are also two LAN ports found at the back that allow users to have wired connection for two devices. This is perfect for families with parents working from home and children taking online classes. The verdict Absolutely no jokes were meant when I mentioned above that the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is a game-changer. This is the device that families need at home to better equip them while working from and/or studying at home while also being practical with their internet spending. Because it’s prepaid, families need not worry about adding up to their monthly bills and they can easily load the device when they need it. The modem is a powerful device because of the reliable and stronger Internet connection it can provide to the entire family. PLDT Home really did step up their game with this device, and I repeat — it’s a necessity in households today. Be it for virtual conference calls for work, online classes, or catch up sessions with your loved ones, the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid modem is a device anyone can depend on. Prepaid packages for the family To match the much improved PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem, PLDT Home provided new and affordable FamLoad packages that cater to the Internet needs of families at home. For students, the FamLoad Study 599 comes with 57 GB with 3 GB/day for learning tools like Canvas, Schoology, Gabay Guro, Microsoft 365, and NEO. Those who are film and TV series geeks will also enjoy using the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem, with its FamLoad Video 599 equipped with 40 GB for open access data and 15 GB of YouTube, or the FamLoad Video Plus 599 with 45 GB for all sites and apps or 3 GB of videos daily for 15 days. The new PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is now available via the PLDT Home website and can be delivered fast via Grab delivery. The unit also comes with free 10GB data that’s ready for use and it’s convenient to reload through GrabApp using the GrabPay wallet, Paymaya, myPLDT Smart app, or PLDT Home and Smart’s retailers nationwide. In these trying times, the need to stay online as we opt to do things virtually is at an all-time high, and PLDT Home may just have provided the very device that is now a truly relevant and essential part of the modern new normal home......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Over 1K telco tower permits approved by LGUs, Año says

"The world and the country have gone digital. We really need to look into the construction of more towers because school setups are mostly online classes...So I hope all other LGUs will follow," he told Duterte at the meeting in Filipino......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

Smart secures LGU permits for cell towers

PLDT Inc.’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. has secured over 660 permits from various local government units around the country which will help accelerate its plan to build new towers to deliver better connectivity......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

Smart nakipagkasundo na sa 6 common tower firm para sa 200 cell site

Manila, Philippines – Inanunsyo ng Mobile network provider Smart Communications (Smart) na lumagda na sila sa agreement sa anim na common tower company bilang bahagi ng kanilang pagpapalawig sa 4G at 5G services. Sa pahayag, sinabi ng Smart na nakasaad sa kanilang agreement ang pagbubuo ng pilot batch ng halos 200 “macro cell sites”. “With […] The post Smart nakipagkasundo na sa 6 common tower firm para sa 200 cell site appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

Bicam OKs proposal to suspend telco tower permit requirement

The bicameral conference committee on the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act approved the inclusion of a provision to temporarily suspend certain permits for the installation and operation of telecommunications towers to boost internet and mobile connectivity in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Strict time frame for basic permits pushed

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said Saturday the issuance by government agencies of basic permits must have a strict time frame. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Gatchalian, former chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, issued the statement during a radio interview on the acceptance by the Senate and House of Representatives bicameral conference committee of a provision in the proposed Bayanihan 2 law that sought a three-year suspension on the issuance of different permits for cell towers of telecommunication companies (telcos).  ’’Ang sinusuportahan natin ay mabilis, ‘yung moratorium kung puwedeng tanggalin ibang permit, ‘wag na dumaan sa Sangguniang Panlungsod, tanggalin narin ang permit sa barangay kung dadaan ka naman ay mayor bakit sa barangay captain pa,’’ he said. (I support a fast release of permits, the moratorium should eliminate other permits. Such permits must not go through Sangguniang Panglungsod. Also eliminate permits from the barangays if they also pass through the office of the mayor) Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon sought the suspension proposal after telcos had complained that permits sought for the installation of their cell towers from local government units (LGUs) and some government agencies take as long as eight months. Drilon said there are about 29 to 35 documentary requirements and permits before single cell tower could be built in a subdivision, barangay, or town. These complex requirements remain ‘’the biggest stumbling block for more reliable and faster Internet  and telco services in the country,’’ he added. President Duterte had earlier warned telcos to accelerate the improvement of their services by the end of the year or face harsh government action......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

LGUs approve over 75% of telco tower application after Duterte hits sluggish process

Local government units have scrambled to approve permits for cellular towers after President Rodrigo Duterte criticized their bureacratic process......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

EDITORIAL - A clean line to Jesus

From 25 to 30 permits just to set up one telecommunications tower, with the process taking an average of eight months......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

& rsquo;Tower permits ready in less than a month& rsquo;

Telecommunications firms can now secure permits to build cellular towers within less than a month, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Benjie Paras: UP s Tower of Power

(This story was originally published on Nov. 30, 2018) He was the dominating center of the San Beda Red Cubs that stoked fear in high school leagues in the early 1980s. And because it will take the Benedictine school two more years to return to the NCAA, Venancio “Benjie” Paras Jr., a lanky upstart with much promise, saw it fit to continue his stride towards basketball superstardom in the UAAP as part of a school already replete of former Cubs—the UP Fighting Maroons, after his high school graduation in 1986. And, it seemed UP head coach Joe Lipa wanted more of San Beda High head coach Ato Badolato’s former wards in Mendiola. In addition to Ronnie Magsanoc and Eric Altamirano running the backcourt, he wanted Paras to man the paint to complete the “San Beda connection”; a missing link he considers in copping that elusive UAAP crown. Who else could be more qualified than Paras, who lorded it over the Red Cubs from 1984 to 1986 from an illustrious start in the defunct Metro Manila Basketball League to several other private school tourneys? As a teener, Paras was awesomely powerful, grabbing rebounds without opposition, and scoring without resistance as he receives the ball in the shaded lane. You would see him score 30 to 40 points a game without letup as opponents offered little resistance, except of course the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, bannered by Binky Favis and Joey Guanio, who dealt San Beda’s painful championship loss during Paras’ last year with the Cubs in the MMBL. Frustrated and heartbroken, Paras vowed to let it all out in the collegiate league, ironically however, with his high school rival Guanio on the same team. And since the 1986 UAAP tournament began, Paras showed his dominance even as a rookie, outplaying defenders with his ferocious tenacity, as he delivered on both ends of the court. With Magsanoc’s on-court wizardry, Paras was unstoppable, scoring and rebounding at will. No one had the might or even the gall to block Paras’s path, except the defending champions UE Red Warriors’ top star and starting center Jerry Codinera.  And, with Codinera leading, UE topped the double round robin eliminations and just needed to beat UP once in the finals to retain the championship. Little did they expect, however, that Paras hasn’t displayed his full arsenal yet. With Magsanoc, Altamirano supporting him and Guanio and all-around performer Joey Mendoza backing him up on the wings, Paras showed Codinera and the rest of the Red Warriors his true mettle as he led the Maroons to a Game 1 blowout, 86-75, to arrange a winner take-all match three days later. And on that day, as they sought to bag their first UAAP title in 47 years, Paras was focused and determined. He ran rings around Codinera, engineering the Maroons’ a game-long dominance of the Red Warriors with almost the entire ULTRA, filled with UP supporters to the brim. With an insurmountable lead going into the dying seconds, it was a dream come true for Paras, seething from a painful setback in his previous senior year as a Red Cub, to now basking in glory giving UP the emphatic title that will forever be remembered in UP and UAAP annals. With a double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds, Paras was named rookie of the year, a feat he will replicate in three years as he marched into the PBA as the “Tower of Power” for Formula Shell.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

Topping off the New Gateway

Months after Araneta rebranded, the City of Firsts held a ceremonial topping off for the expansion of its Gateway Mall on Tuesday, 11 February. The eight-story lifestyle destination, now called The New Gateway, completes the revitalized Gateway Square which includes the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Novotel Manila, Gateway Tower, Parking Garage South Building and the soon-to-open […] The post Topping off the New Gateway appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Huawei, Rainforest Connection Collaborate to Protect Palawan Rainforest

The environmental advocates and forests rangers in the Philippines partner to protect Philippine rainforests. “Huawei Rainforest Connection Phase 1” was recently launched by Huawei Technologies Phils. Ins. (HTPI) as a pilot project in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Smart Communications. Phase 2 will be in Bukidnon in partnership with […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Globe, Smart offer free calls, internet for Taal Volcano eruption victims

MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are providing free internet connection as well as free calls and charging stations for those affected by the ongoing  Taal Volcano eruption . Globe has provided free internet connection in all 4 terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

P5B nga Makati Smart tower, tinguhang ibaligya sa PLDT

Nangita karon og buyer ang Telco giant PLDT Inc ni Manny V Pangilinan alang sa uban niining mga asset, lakip na ang building niini sa Ayala Ave. sa Makati City......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2020

PLDT selling Smart Tower to raise P5b for expansion

PLDT Inc. said it expects to raise at least P5 billion from the sale of Smart Tower along Ayala Ave. in Makati City to finance expansion plans in 2020......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

No internet connection, mobile reception on Christmas Day? Here’s the reason why…

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Complaints from subscribers of Philippine Long Distance Company, Inc. (PLDT) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) flooded social media as most of them expressed annoyance over the absence of internet connection and mobile reception on Christmas Day. PLDT subscriber Vianca Abellana wrote a Facebook post at 3 p.m. addressed to the telecommunications […] The post No internet connection, mobile reception on Christmas Day? Here’s the reason why… appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2019

Bagsakan ng mga nakaw na cellphone, sinalakay sa Recto

Manila, Philippiners – Sinalakay ng mga tauhan mg Special Mayors Reaction Team (SMaRT) ang mga stall ng mga nagbebenta at bumibili ng second hand na cellphone sa Isetann mall sa C.M Recto, Maynila. Katuwang ng SMaRT ang Bureau of Permits sa pagsalakay dahil sa mga reklamo ng snatching sa Kamaynilaan. Pinangunahan ni SMaRT Deputy Chief […] The post Bagsakan ng mga nakaw na cellphone, sinalakay sa Recto appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019