Legislator seeks removal of Wi-Fi spectrum user fees to improve service in remote areas

A LEGISLATOR has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to recall two circulars, one of which outlines the spectrum user fees (SUF) charged for using the Wi-Fi spectrum, in order to encourage the growth of smaller telecommunications companies where telco services are irregular. Samar Rep. Paul R. Daza said in a statement that memorandum circular […]

Information and Communications Technology dep’t eyes more wi-fi hotspots

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Tuesday said it aims to provide free internet access in 8,701 public areas nationwide by yearend. DICT Undersecretary Jocelle Batapa-Sigue noted that as of Aug. 20, free internet access was available in 4,681 public sites. “President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has ordered the DICT to deploy […]

Satellite-based internet pushed

A BILL that seeks to expand the Philippines’ internet connectivity through satellite-based technologies has been refiled at the Senate.  Under Senate Bill 814 or the proposed Satellite-Based Technologies for Internet Connectivity Act of 2022, the government must promote the use of satellite services, especially in critical areas, to ensure universal internet access.  “Based on our […]

BSP, PhilSA, DoST install satellite internet services for two rural banks

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and other agencies have test deployed satellite internet services for two rural banks to help boost their operations and give their clients better access to financial services in remote areas. The central bank, the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), and the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute […]

Future of tourism: cashless payments, digital operations

HARNESSING modern technology—such as cashless payment systems and digitalization—is the future of the travel and tourism industry in the Philippines, stakeholders said.Carl Bryan Enerio, regional business head for enterprise sales at Maya Business, said e-wallet and other cashless modes of payment are the future of the tourism industry.Enerio said it is much easier for merchants […]

Satellite broadband: Accessible solution for disaster recovery and business continuity

Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) struck the Philippines in December 2021. Due to the torrential rains, violent winds, landslides, and storm surges, utility infrastructure was severely damaged. It left 269 cities and municipalities without energy and 348 areas with network outages. The complete restoration of service took several weeks. Kacific restored BPO company’s operations in Odette’s […]

Converge recognized as the top-rated ISP in the Philippines according to Ookla®

LEADING fiber internet service provider Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. won the Ookla Speedtest Award for Top-Rated Fixed Network in the Philippines for the first half of 2022, reflecting the results from consumer-initiated ratings during the six-month period.Ookla®, the company behind Speedtest®, is the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, testing applications and related […]

Enabling access to advanced healthcare in rural Philippines through satellite technology

The Pangutaran District Hospital, once just a primary healthcare facility, is now a 25-bed government hospital with field health accreditation. FOR years, rural healthcare in the Philippines has been affected by a lack of connectivity. This has been exacerbated with the recent Covid-19 outbreak, further highlighting a need for greater investment in technology for rural […]

Satellite broadband: bringing high-speed affordable internet to private island resorts

Bambunet, powered by Kloche Communications, is a local internet service provider partnered with Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific.WITH international tourism coming back onto the agenda in Southeast Asia, governments have been working hard to make up for lost time. Like other countries in the region, the Philippines opened its borders on April 1, easing health protocols […]

Philippines ranks 53rd in internet inclusivity list

The Philippines placed 53rd out of 100 countries in the 2022 Inclusive Internet Index, commissioned by Meta and developed by Economist Impact. The index assessed national-level internet inclusion in 100 countries across four categories: availability, affordability, relevance, and readiness. With an overall score of 72.3 out of the possible 100, the Philippines was the eighth least […]

How Ka-band Satellite Internet Technology Works

HAS anyone ever looked up and noticed a star… that’s moving? Chances are, they were looking at a satellite. There are almost 8,000 satellites orbiting earth. These amazing pieces of technology do everything from monitoring the earth’s weather and climate, to beaming television to homes.They can also provide internet—and that’s especially useful for Filipinos that […]

NTC approves registration of Musk’s Starlink

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced on Friday that it recently approved Starlink Internet Services Philippines, Inc.’s registration as a value-added service (VAS) provider, allowing it to directly access satellite systems, build and operate broadband facilities to offer internet services in the country. Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration […]

Princeton Digital Group and The Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association announce a strategic partnership to boost Internet connectivity in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Apr 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Princeton Digital Group, Asia’s leading data center provider, and The Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (APJII) announced a collaboration to further elevate Indonesia’s internet infrastructure. This strategic partnership will help APJII members in Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Pekanbaru to have easy access to the Indonesia […]

Kacific: More satellite operators expected to enter PHL

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter MORE satellite operators are expected to enter the Philippines as a result of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s executive order allowing inclusive access to satellite services, Kacific Broadband Satellites said. “With the signing of Executive Order 127, we expect more satellite operators to take interest in expanding operations in the […]

PHL gov’t in talks with SpaceX for satellite internet service

THE Philippine government is in talks with United States-based firm Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) to improve internet service in the country, according to the Board of Investments (BoI). In a statement on Monday, BoI said Trade Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo met with SpaceX officials on Nov. 16 last year to discuss Starlink’s plan seeking […]