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Philippines improves by 13 spots in global speedtest ranking

The Philippines' average speeds continue to improve, registering increases in December 2020 and besting 13 more countries at this time, according to the Speedtest Global Index by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. In December, the country’s average mobile download speed was higher at 22.5 Mbps compared to 18.49 Mbps in November 2020, with an upload speed of 6.03 Mbps and latency of 33 ms. Thanks to the government's efforts in easing restrictions on telecom builds, Globe has been rigorous in its improvements and network upgrades towards achieving a #FirstWorldNetwork. In terms of fixed broadband, Ookla data shows that the Philippine average rose to 31.44 Mbps in December from 28.68 Mbps in November 2020*. The global average for mobile in December was 47.20 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads, 12.67 Mbps for uploads, and latency of 36 milliseconds (ms). Latency is defined as the time it takes for data to get to its destination. A lower latency figure is f

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PLDT Enterprise enables eLearning for South City Homes Academy

PLDT Enterprise, continuing its efforts to strengthen digital connectivity for the education sector, equips South City Homes Academy (SCHA) in Laguna with technology solutions to support its eLearning efforts. As part of its ongoing efforts the academe industry through technology solutions, PLDT Enterprise’s partnership with SCHA gives its students and teachers the robust connectivity they need through BEYOND FIBER to aid their online learning initiatives.  Mitch Locsin, PLDT FVP & Enterprise Revenue Group Head says that “PLDT Enterprise wishes to ensure the best possible education for students while at the safety of everyone’s homes, and our partnership with SCHA is a commitment that we are ready to provide any technology requirements of the academe industry. Providing learning tools with strong and reliable connectivity during the global health crisis enables students and teachers an uninterrupted education.”  SCHA has over 1100 students and 50 teachers to date. For the shift to e

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Globe site builds help Dagupan residents prepare for the future

Globe maintains its momentum in improving its network and upgrading its sites to build a #FirstWorldNetwork, with more sites up in rural areas where connectivity was once dire. Globe has been building new cell sites to fulfill the telco's commitment to have 4G LTE nationwide, in areas such as Brgy. Tambac, Dagupan. Developments like access to the internet are more than crucial to residents in the area. For them, internet connectivity opens the door to more educational opportunities and economic possibilities for their barangay’s youth. For parents faced with the challenge of mentoring their children through modules and distance learning, better connectivity supports this daily endeavor. Primalyn Castulo, a resident of Brgy. Tambac shares, “Ang importante maka-aral ‘yung bata, kasi ang uso ngayon ay online [learning] po eh. Mabilis na po [ang internet].” (The child is able to study, since online [learning] is what is being done now. The internet is faster now.) “In this new normal, t

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LONGi supplies 100MW high-efficiency monocrystalline modules to the largest integrated wind and solar project in the Philippines

At 232MW, the project in Ilocos Norte Province is the largest integrated wind and solar power plant in the Philippines. LONGi was selected as the exclusive module supplier, delivering 100MW high efficiency monocrystalline solar panels.  The project, developed by Qingdao Zhongzi Zhongcheng Group Co., Ltd., started construction in March, 2017. The site is in a primeval forest in the region of Pasuquin. To ensure smooth delivery, Chen Jinliang, LONGi Logistics Manager and Bai Liwen, LONGi Solar Sales Manager visited the area many times to design the optimal transport scheme and build the roads to deliver the modules to the site. LONGi completed the supply of all modules in 2018 as planned.  “The 232MW project is the first large-scale wind and solar power integration project developed by Chinese enterprises in Philippines.” Lu Min, former President of Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng Group, said at the ceremony marking the start of construction work in Philippines. “The project is a new start

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Globe readies Malacanang, Senate and Congress for 5G upgrades

Globe is planning to upgrade its infrastructure to further improve its indoor coverage solutions in several buildings in Malacanang Palace, Senate and the House of Representatives. This will effectively expand coverage, increase capacity and activate state-of-the-art 5G technology at Kalayaan Hall, Mabini Hall and the Presidential Guest House in Malacanang; the Senate and GSIS buildings in the Senate; and in the Main, North, South, House of Representatives Annex, Ramon V. Mitra and the Legislative Library Buildings in the Lower House. “These buildings house key branches of our government which in turn provide basic and immediate services to our nation. By upgrading our indoor solutions, our new system will increase and augment capacity and extend coverage to provide wider service access inside these offices. Moreover, these important government offices will be 5G ready so internet services will be much faster and better. These efforts will help our Chief Executive, his cabinet and ou

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MSI's New Gaming and Computing Lineup Honored with 15 CES 2021 Innovation Awards

Laptops, monitors, desktop, motherboards and graphics card among those named Best of Innovation Honorees MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware and innovative business solutions, is thrilled to announce its new range of gaming and computing products was named a Best of Innovation Honoree across three categories, winning an impressive 15 awards. “We are thrilled to have been named so many CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees. These products deliver the highest in quality, performance and innovation across our comprehensive lineup. Being honored for these prestigious awards confirm our commitment to excellence and we are pleased to receive this acknowledgement,” said Sam Chern, MSI Marketing Vice President. The entire winning lineup will be announced January 13 and includes: MAG Trident S Award Categories: Gaming, Computer Hardware & Components MAG Trident S brings the world of Triple-A PC gaming into any household in a sophisticated, compact design that’ll look great wherever you p

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YouTrip Inks Six-Year Partnership with Visa to Expand its Footprint in Southeast Asia

YouTrip, Singapore's leading multi-currency mobile wallet has announced a six-year partnership with Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, to accelerate its expansion into the rest of Southeast Asia, starting with Malaysia and Philippines. Currently launched in Singapore and Thailand, YouTrip has amassed over one million downloads to date. The announcement comes a year after YouTrip’s first regional expansion to Thailand in partnership with Kasikornbank, one of Thailand’s largest banks with over 13.9 million online banking customers as of November 2020. Despite the pandemic, YouTrip continues to establish a strong foothold in the multi-currency space online. Most recently, YouTrip has successfully pivoted to overseas e-commerce payment and recorded a three-fold increase in quarterly transactions, compared to the same period last year. Taking on E-Commerce Boom and Travel Recovery in Southeast Asia The partnership with Visa will fuel YouTrip’s mission to bring the best cross-b

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Samsung Electronics Appoints New President & CEO for Southeast Asia & Oceania

A Samsung veteran with over three decades of experience, Mr. Sangho Jo most recently led Samsung Electronics Europe and returned to the Southeast Asia & Oceania region Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the appointment of Mr. Sangho Jo as President and CEO of Southeast Asia & Oceania. A proven Samsung leader with over three decades of experience across business groups and geographies, Mr. Jo will steer the strategic growth directions of Samsung Electronics in Southeast Asia & Oceania. Markets in Southeast Asia & Oceania are integral to Samsung Electronics’ long-term growth plans, with the region poised to sustain its rapid economic growth into the next decade, built on the digital ambitions of its cities, industries and communities. Mr. Jo will guide the business towards cementing its industry leadership and seizing long-term growth opportunities in this region by forging partnerships, creating operational excellence, and ultimately, building brand trust amongst consumers

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Globe's consistency score improved across all PH regions

from Q2 to Q3 2020 Globe’s commitment to its customers is bannered by technological enhancements to further boost the digital economy, facilitate continuity of businesses, and enhance productivity. Independent analytics firm, Ookla, in its quarterly data showed that Globe’s Consistency Score in the Philippines improved to 56.83% in Q3 2020 from 48.56% in Q2 2020. Regional Consistency Score likewise improved across all Philippine regions, registering increases as high as 13.4 PPTs, with scores ranging from 31% and 62% in Q3 2020, including high density and typhoon-prone areas like Central Luzon, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas. The area with the highest consistency score based on "All Technology" is Metro Manila at 61.68% Mobile Consistency Score measures the number of incidences (viewed as a percentage) of a provider's samples equal or exceeds both a download threshold of 5 Mbps and an upload threshold of 1 Mbps.  The recent report underscores the significant improvements on mobile data

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Eastern Communications grew 7% in 2020; World-class digital solutions and excellent customer service applauded

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many industries, premier telecommunications company Eastern Communications reported a 7% growth from 2019. The company attributed this growth to increased subscribers acquiring single to multiple services such as work from home productivity tools, residential internet, and enterprise connectivity due to the sudden rise of demand for internet service as people adapt to the new normal. In its commitment to support businesses and individuals at this challenging time, Eastern Communications highlighted a variety of adaptive end-to-end solutions, which included Eastern Cloud, Office 365, Eastern CyberDefense, Eastern Home, among others. Currently, expansion efforts in other regions such as Region 4A, Region 5, Region 6, and more are ongoing to support nationwide services, especially the underserviced communities. “Like many other companies, Eastern Communications was also impacted by the pandemic, but we took it as a challenge to be pro

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