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Globe network transformation 50% complete, set to finish early 2013
Read 318 times | Posted on September 19, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Globe network transformation 50% complete, set to finish early 2013
Subscribers to experience not just an upgraded network, but a brand new one

Globe Telecom announced that its network transformation program is halfway completed, with nationwide cellsite change-out set to finish by first quarter of 2013.

Providing key updates on its network transformation program, Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu described the company’s massive modernization effort as “different” in many ways from a traditional transformation that other networks go through.

“Others mask modernization with simply a business-as-usual change-out of old equipment. At Globe, our transformation is very different because it is indeed building a brand new network covering core elements, transmission, and access equipment,” he confirmed.

Cu said that with the complete replacement of its infrastructure, Globe has effectively future-proofed the network with thrice the number of 3G base stations for better call quality and more pervasive coverage, and ready for the commercial launch of 4G LTE this month as the modernization pushes forward.

To date, over 3,000 Globe cellsites have already been swapped with the newest, best-in-class infrastructure while simultaneously increasing 4G HSPA+ footprint by 4x the current site count. Of these, the Globe network in the following areas have already been transformed: Bulacan, Marikina, Cebu, Davao, South Luzon, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Apayao, Zamboanga, Sibugay, Sorsogon, and Basilan. The change-out in Quezon City will be completed by September, Ortigas and Pasig by October, and Makati Central Business District by November.

Aside from the hardware needed to power the new infrastructure, Cu reported that Globe has also steadily progressed with the nationwide installation of over 12,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable—the main backbone of providing rapid mobile data streams—which will address issues of slow mobile internet and the over-extended backhaul that most networks are experiencing.

“In the Philippines, as we have said many times before in the past, the networks were actually built for text traffic and not for mobile internet. SMS networks are characterized by very thin backhaul capabilities. Very fast mobile internet almost requires purely fiber optics in terms of backhaul because of the tremendous amounts of data traveling from the base station all the way to the core and out on the internet,” he explained.

The current Globe network is designed to provide quality voice and SMS service on the back of subscriber demand back in the early 2000s. However, the advent of ‘unlimited services’ and new technologies such as mobile browsing giving subscribers access to the Internet via their mobile phones have resulted to existing challenges in the legacy network.
What does this mean for the consumer once the new network is powered up? The highest-ranking Globe official said that it will have “more capacity, lead to quicker, clearer and better quality call and text experience. With our entirely new network, all these inconveniences will be a thing of the past.”

Cu also outlined the initiatives undertaken by Globe to ensure the full extent of the infrastructure improvements, which include a complete re-planning of its cell sites by actually relocating, repositioning and adding new sites and radio antennas, shifting to a new antenna technology to enhance coverage as well as improving power efficiency by using renewable energy to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The benefits of the facilities re-planning were realized during the recent heavy monsoon onslaught as these new facilities were already transferred to higher ground and avoided rising waters. Cu said that the company has taken into account the “new normal” when it comes to flooding these days and considered extreme measures to protect its infrastructure.

He also corrected reports pertaining to the modernization efforts undertaken by Globe, saying that “for the last five months we have been moving very quickly, updating and installing more than 100 sites a week since April of this year. So we are 50% done in terms of network change-outs.”

“We are moving progressively forward and at a faster clip. We are ahead of schedule so it’s very likely that we’ll accomplish the total change-out by the first quarter of 2013. Today, there are already marked improvement in subscriber experience in cities that are 100% complete,” Cu said.

This month, Globe is also firing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband network paving the way to offer subscribers the fastest internet speeds. Just recently, Tattoo, the number 1 most preferred broadband brand in the country, unveiled Tattoo Black, the company’s first LTE-powered dongle stick delivering blazing internet speeds of up to 42 Mbps. By 4th quarter of this year, Globe is set to launch the country’s first mobile LTE network which will provide superior data speeds on the world’s best mobile phones and gadgets.

In summary, the Globe president provided a clear picture of what to expect in the network transformation: “This is no usual upgrade. A brand new network will be coming with capacity many years forward, state-of-the-art performance and superior capabilities. You will see and you will find out that this network modernization is indeed real. It is coming and you will feel the difference when it comes to your particular area which will be very, very soon.”



Business students on adventure challenge
Read 334 times | Posted on September 17, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Business students on adventure challenge

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) and the 7th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit (AFLBS) organizers intensified its integrated games and initiatives program for the 88 student delegates through the Aboitiz Explore Adventure Challenge last August 16.

The student delegates from 36 colleges and universities in the country visited various areas in Cebu City to have a deeper understanding on the history of the Aboitizes and their business practices, and some historical landmarks in the city while getting to know their fellow participants.

The participants were divided into ten teams and were provided with a map to guide them to checkpoints, where they were given challenge tasks.

Their first challenge was to market condo units in The Persimmon Plus by creating taglines and other advertising elements. This was followed by a tour inside the Don Ramon Aboitiz House where participants retraced the roots of the Aboitiz business.

Participants then went to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño to learn the traditional Sinulog dance. Each member lit a candle and offered intentions for nation-building.

They also lined and paid up bills at the Visayan Electric Company’s (VECO) service center to test and observe the company’s customer service.

The activity culminated with a fellowship dinner at the Casa Gorordo Museum.

This Aboitiz Explore Adventure Challenge served as the pre-summit activity of AFLBS, which was held last August 17–18 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, with the theme “Significantly Changing My Philippines”.

AFLBS, first held in 2006, is an annual gathering of top business student leaders aimed at providing them with a renewed and refreshed outlook towards the country. The summit poses a challenge to the Filipino youth to step out of their collegiate mindset, to look into the future, and to aspire to be one of the country’s future leaders in whatever field they plan to pursue, business or otherwise.

The summit featured plenary discussions, games, teambuilding exercises, and real work and business simulations.

KAC is on its sixth year of providing integration and low initiative games and teambuilding exercises for the summit delegates.

KAC is one of the programs under RAFI’s Leadership & Citizenship focus area, where future leaders are nurtured to prepare them to take an active role in affecting change. Other focus areas of RAFI are Integrated Developement, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, and Education.



Manufacturing, agricultural employment can reduce poverty economist
Read 327 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Manufacturing, agricultural employment can reduce poverty economist

The Philippines should focus on developing more the manufacturing and agriculture sectors so the poor people can benefit from its high economic growth that can reduce poverty, according to an economist.

“These sectors actually employ more of the unskilled and low-educated workers. Basically, these are the poor,” said Celia Reyes, a senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

Reyes, on the sidelines of the launch of the 10th Development Policy Research Month, said the government support is also needed to enhance the skills of the poor.

She noted that the gains of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, also widely known as the Philippine conditional cash transfer (CCT), can lead to enhanced skills and greater participation of the poor in the economic growth.

Reyes said the 6.1 percent gross domestic product (GDP) achieved in the first semester of the year could generate jobs for everyone including the poor.

“I think the good economic picture is painting a rosy picture in terms of more successful efforts towards reducing poverty,” she said.

For his part, PIDS president Josef Yap said that a more dynamic manufacturing sector would have provided more higher-paying jobs to the less-educated workforce, thereby making poverty reduction faster.

He also attributed this problem to lagging performance of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that tends to employ more workers.

To boost the manufacturing sector, Yap cited the need to encourage more foreign investments and tie-ups with local firms.

“Tie-ups between international and local firms can expand and deepen our manufacturing sector,” he said. — Danielle Venz, PHILEXPORT News and Features



PHL coffee growers told of huge coffee market in China
Read 346 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

PHL coffee growers told of huge coffee market in China

While before, its people only drink four cups of coffee a year, China now consumes US$11.1 billion worth of the beans, nine cups of which are imported.

This was the report of the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Beijing, quoting a recent speech delivered by Ms Du He, the secretary general and market development director of the China National Food Industry Association during the 3rd China-ASEAN Industry Cooperation Conference held in Kunning, Yunnan Province.

The Chinese food industry leader projected that by the year 2020, Chinese mainlanders are seen to be consuming a cup of coffee a day. By then, China will be sipping $50 billion worth of coffee.

The Philippine Trade and Investment Centre further said that for the first time, the ASEAN coffee industry will get a special focus during the 9the CAEXPO in Nanning, China to be held on September 21-26.

“There will be buyers, traders and importers from China and other countries during the trade fair,” pointed out Christine Rodriguez dela Cruz of the Beijing-based trade and investment office.

She said that coffee growers or exporters who may be interested in joining the Philippine delegation to the trade exhibit to get in touch with Kate Pineda of CITEM.

The Philippines, as of 1995 produced only 123,934 tons of coffee, most of which were consumed locally. Four varieties of the favorite breakfast drink are grown locally, the Arabica, an aromatic variety grown in the Cordillera Administrative Region, robusta, excelsa and leberica more popularly known as “kapeng barako”.

It is a suitable crop on hilly terrain where the climate further features distinct wet and dry seasons which is practically most provinces in the country.

The cultivation of coffee both for local use and for export was introduced by the Spaniards to the country in 1740. At the industry’s peak, coffee ranked fourth largest Philippine export during the Spanish regime.

Towards the end of 19th century, pests almost wiped out the entire industry.

Due to growing local and global demand for the product, in recent years, the Philippine government has been pushing for the expansion of coffee plantations in provinces where it has been known to thrive.

The state-owned National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) was particularly assigned by the Department of Agriculture to orchestrate the expansion of areas planted to coffee. The state firm recently put up, in partnership with a farmers’ cooperative, a coffee nursery and plantation at Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.

The Philippines, however, remains a bit player in the global coffee market, accounting for less than one percent of world supply. — Abe P. Belena, PHILEXPORT News and Features



PHL indigenous fibers can penetrate Indian market
Read 344 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

PHL indigenous fibers can penetrate Indian market

Philippine piña, abaca and other indigenous fibers have huge competitive advantage in the Indian market.

“Natural products from here have strong (advantage) which you can export. The barong shirt is another which you can export; have a brand… The Philippines is also good at embroidery stuff,” said Shashank R. Pareek, director of Federation of Philippine Textile Industry (TEXPAP).

He said in a recent interview that local exporters have to offer such items which India is not strong.

Pareek said India’s 1.2 billion population consumes around 4.8 billion kilos of textiles per year.

To effectively penetrate the huge market, he advised exporters to offer good quality products at reasonable prices.

“They are more price conscious than Filipinos,” he said. “You can see 40 to 50 percent of Indian population which are the youngsters who are beginning to look for new products when they try out. Youngsters are more connected to internet.”

Pareek said half of the middle class estimated at 600,000 million consists of educated young professionals who have a lot of earning power.

He also encouraged Filipino exporters to participate in trade fairs in India.

Pareek said the Philippine embassy in India, which has offices in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata (Calcutta), also promotes and facilitates trade between the two countries.

“You can create a section there for Philippine products. You can launch an advertising campaign there… Or hire a local actor there to promote (your product) or tie-up with some leading brands in India,” he added. Danielle Venz, PHILEXPORT News and Features



Transparency on non-tariff measures urged
Read 322 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Transparency on non-tariff measures urged

Governments should ensure transparency on non-tariff measures (NTMs) in an effort to mitigate their negative effects on trade, said the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Director-General Pascal Lamy noted this at the recent launch of the World Trade Report focusing on technical barriers to trade (TBT), as he discussed an emerging trend where NTMs are less about shielding producers from import competition.

NTMs are more about the attainment of a broad range of public policy objectives, Lamy said, noting that “You could say we are moving from protection to precaution.”

While traditional NTMs were mostly driven by competitiveness concerns, the new NTMs address concerns over health, safety, environmental quality and other social considerations, Lamy explained. The latter typically includes sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and TBT measures as well as domestic regulation in services.

“This trend is unlikely to weaken. These concerns clearly take a more central role in policy as economies develop and become more interdependent, and as incomes grow,” he noted.

With the rising importance of NTMs for trade, Lamy stressed the need for more transparency.

“This means that information on the measures themselves, while necessary is not sufficient. It is crucial to assess how much the measures diverse from each other or from international standards,” he said.

In line with this, Lamy bared that the international body will launch at the end of this year an important project aimed at facilitating access to information from notifications.

He said the new Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP) will provide unified access to all WTO databases, particularly all information on NTMs collected through notifications.

“While other international organizations are also making important contributions in this area, through increased compliance with notification obligations, it is clear that governments hold the key to a sustainable improvement in the level of transparency,” he noted.

In an era where public policies move towards center-stage in trade politics, Lamy further said that trade opening requires a clear understanding of how, when and where regulatory convergence should be promoted.

“At the multilateral level, the WTO promotes convergence through its transparency provisions, through Aid for Trade and by encouraging governments to embrace best practices and adopt international standards,” he said, adding that other international bodies are the ones crafting these standards.

Apart from this initiative, Lamy said that WTO’s SPS and TBT committees are helping member countries, including the Philippines, to reduce the conflicts and find cooperative solutions to problems that arise in relation to public policies.

He said the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) has proven to be very relevant for building the necessary capacity for poorer countries in the SPS area. — Danielle Venz, PHILEXPORT News and Features



Irradiation treatment of PHL food exports now in operation DTI
Read 406 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Irradiation treatment of PHL food exports now in operation DTI

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) already has two irradiation treatment facilities that the Food and Drugs Administration employs to comply with international food safety standards.

In addition, The Food Development Center (FDC) has facilities to test and evaluate the reduction of microorganisms found in irradiated products for the export market.
The only drawback, it was revealed, is that FDC has not yet been accredited by the European Union as the country’s official evaluator. This is yet to be worked out with the EU.

This was the assurance made by Jason Lao, chief of the Product Research and Strategy Group of the Bureau of Export Trade Promotions in a recent letter to Philippine Exporters Confederation (PHILEXPORT) president Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr.

He said that among the products subjected to irradiation treatment were powdered black and white pepper, powdered onions, ginger powder, ampalaya powder, tamarind powder, dydrated chives and carrots.

These processed food stuffs were subjected to irradiation to decontaminate them from harmful microbes.

Among the fresh fruits irradiated before these were shipped out were mangoes and papayas, Lao said. Rice, corn, mungbean, onion and garlic bulbs for export were likewise irradiated to rid them of insect infestation and inhibit the sprouting of the garlic and onion bulbs.

The country’s major export destinations, namely the European Union, Japan and the United States this year started to implement stringent health and safety procedures in countries where they source their food imports.

One requirement is the application of irradiation treatment before shipment whose results must be verified by an independent third party. Another requirement is the pre-shipment testing of food exports on chemical residues, particularly the use of poisonous pesticides.

The exporting community had appealed to the national government, particularly the FDA and the Department of Agriculture to help them comply with the new health and safety requirements imposed by importing countries. — Abe P. Belena, PHILEXPORT News and Features



Globe, SingTel awards scholarship grants to top Ateneo, La Salle students
Read 427 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Globe, SingTel awards scholarship grants to top Ateneo, La Salle students

Four freshmen students from Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University passed a rigorous screening process to become this year’s Globe-SingTel Undergraduate Scholarship Program awardees.

Michael Steven Molion, Danielle Royon, Germaine Erika Kaw, Paolo Romeo Aquino passed a tough selection process that involved paper screening, intensive interviews, and leadership and behavioral assessments to be awarded the full scholarships covering tuition fees and allowances for the entire duration of their undergraduate course.

Molion is taking B.S. Management Engineering while Royon and Kaw are both taking up B.S. Management-Honors Program at the Ateneo. Aquino, on the other hand, is a B.S. Applied Economics & Marketing Management student at De La Salle.

Spearheaded by Globe Telecom together with its shareholder Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel), the scholarship program aims to support and develop next generation leaders in the field of business and information technology in the Asia Pacific region.

The scholarship program also serves as an opportunity for Globe and SingTel to spot talents early for future leadership roles. Upon graduation, the students will have a chance to have an internship stint in SingTel, and the opportunity to be part of the Management Associate Program of SingTel or Globe.

The program was launched in 2008 by SingTel in partnership with its local affiliates in Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. It was introduced in the Philippines only last year in partnership with Globe.



Sun Prepaid extends special P5 international text rate to September 30, 2012
Read 369 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 6 years ago

Sun Prepaid extends special P5 international text rate to September 30, 2012

Sun Prepaid subscribers may continue texting their friends and relatives abroad for just P5 per message, as Sun Cellular extends its special international text rate promo until September 30, 2012.
This international SMS promo ) allows Sun Prepaid subscribers to send text to any destination abroad for only P5 per message of 160 characters.

Sun Cellular subscribers may also enjoy the premium experience of international multimedia messaging service (iMMS) for as low as P5 per message. This lets them send pictures, ringtones or low-resolution videos to more than 200 countries abroad for just P5/MMS for content up to 100 kB and P10/MMS for content up to 300 kB This service is open to both postpaid and prepaid subscribers.

To avail of any these special rates, Sun has clarified that no further registration or special prefixes are needed. Sun Prepaid subscribers can just seamlessly send iSMS or iMMS directly through their Sun-powered mobile phones.

For more information these and on the other best-value international services of Sun, visit its website at http://suncellular.com.ph or call its toll-free hotline 200 through a Sun mobile number. Sun Cellular also maintains a customer service Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/suncellularph and a Twitter at http://twitter.com/suncelltweets.
Sun Cellular is a member of the PLDT Group.
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*Globe Business powers premiere cloud computing conference*
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*Globe Business powers premiere cloud computing conference*

Globe Business recently backed CloudCamp 2012, one of the
world’s biggest gathering of early adapters, proponents and developers of
cloud solutions and related technologies in the country.

CloudCamp is a series of conferences held around the world
each year, conceptualized by those who adopted cloud computing in its
infancy so they can have a venue in discussing issues about it. Using a
unique conference format where the delegates freely exchanged ideas in
pocket sessions, this year’s leg of the CloudCamp held at the Marriott
Hotel in Cebu gathered IT experts as well as novices who intend to tap
cloud computing as a service for their businesses. The Cebu leg of
CloudCamp focused on the types of cloud computing services such as
infrastructure, software and platform.

The concept behind cloud computing is the sharing of resources similar to
an electricity grid, with the Internet serving as its network. As a
fully-managed service, Globe Business Cloud Solutions allows companies to
gain access to a “pool of servers” connected to a digital network. This
translates to lower cost structures of enterprises, enhanced business
agility, profitability and operational efficiency, but more importantly,
better focus on their core businesses.

Globe Business Technical Solutions Architect Benjamin Tan said that cloud
computing addresses the physical, security of and cost aspects of data
storage: “Today’s employees often take their work and company data with
them. And Murphy’s Law can take effect when we expect it the most: drives
are not infallible and when they breakdown, that’s when it will hurt
companies the most. Those events will be things of the past with the cloud.
For businesses, it brings about utmost peace of mind and lowered operation
costs.”

Globe Business has been the telco pioneer in cloud solutions in the
Philippines since 2011. Its initial offering, the
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform, allows customers to spend
their IT and telco infrastructure as a service rather than as a capital
expenditure, which includes *Backup-as-a-Service*, *Storage-as-a-Service*and
*Compute-as-a-Service*.

It also introduced the Philippines’ first Dynamic Infrastructure Services
(DIS), which simplifies cloud computing by leveraging pre-configured and
fully tested components so businesses can build private cloud environments
at a lower cost.

Furthermore, users can experience the benefits of platform-as-a-service
with DIS due to its development tools. This means that companies now have
the capability to develop their own applications for their specific
requirements. Access to these tools also provides users another layer of
flexibility given that they can create, debug and maintain their own sets
of applications in their network.

As a full-service ICT provider, Globe Business understands
the needs of enterprises and provides them with a complete range of ICT
portfolio of products and services that perfectly match their business
requirements such as managed services and machine-to-machine or M2M
solutions. The company’s data center and Carrier Ethernet services are ISO-
and MEF global standards-certified, respectively.

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