Text blasting machines illicitly sold; ‘weaponized’ by pols

Miguel Camus 10/10/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said it would run after sources of illegal radio gear such as text blast machines that a growing number of politicians or political groups were secretly using in their…

PH internet speeds continue to improve as of April 2021, NTC says

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 05/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Internet speeds in the country have continued to improve as of April as shown in the Speedtest Global Index by Ookla, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).…

NTC urged to crack whip on telcos

Melvin Gascon 03/14/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) must compel telecommunications companies to speed up the construction of new cell towers to deal with the country’s growing needs for internet connectivity, which has been worsened by the…

Internet speed in PH improving, says DICT

Miguel Camus 02/22/2021

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said internet speeds in the Philippines had improved over last year, citing crowdsourced data from Ookla. For mobile internet speed, it said the Philippines ranked 86th globally in January…

Internet connection problem cuts off Palace briefing on telco services

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 01/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Even the seat of power is not spared from the enduring problem of glitchy internet connection in the country. On Thursday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque ‘s press briefing in Malacañang – which, ironically, was dedicated…

No signal interruption for Fiesta Señor 2021

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/07/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — For the first time in three years, there will be no signal interruption in Cebu City during the celebration of Fiesta Señor this year. The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), in a press…

Entry of new telco players ‘best whip’ against giant firms — NTC

Maila Ager 12/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The entry of new telecommunication players is the “best whip” for industry giants Globe Telecom and PLDT Smart to improve their services, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) told the Senate on Monday. NTC Commissioner…

Telcos told to step up maintenance to prepare for holiday internet surge

Consuelo Marquez 12/06/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Internet service providers and telecommunications services were ordered to prepare for expected internet traffic surge with most holiday events to be held online to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. In a memorandum dated…

Palace: Telcos to report on service improvement on Dec. 8

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunication companies will make a progress report to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s demand to improve their services by December. According to the presidential spokesperson Harry Roque,…

DOH disowns NTC text blast on guidelines for Christmas parties

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 11/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Despite restrictions in social gatherings, are Christmas parties allowed if the venue would be outdoors? The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), in a text blast, said: “May Christmas party? Buksan ang bintana at electric fan.…

NTC seeks easier process for telcos to get permits to build fiber-optic networks

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 10/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) wants to make it easier for telecommunication companies to get permits to build fiber-optic networks. So it sent letters dated Oct. 15 to seek assistance in streamlining the process…

NOW Telecom gets provisional extension to operate as ‘4th telco’

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has extended the provisional authority of NOW Telecom Company, Inc., the telecom affiliate of NOW Corporation, to install, operate, and maintain a nationwide mobile telecommunications system. Under the NTC…

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