JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, TMT

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LEADING telecom and digital services provider PLDT has set up interconnection links with another telco operator in Surigao del Norte, allowing free local calls within the province between subscribers of the two service providers. “With the implementation of the interconnection agreement, subscribers in Surigao del Norte can now call their…

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PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications has delivered significant improvement in its mobile internet service, with its download speeds steadily improving through the months, according to a JPMorgan study based on data from crowd-sourcing research agency OpenSignal. In an April 2017 report based on the actual mobile experience of OpenSignal app…

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After ditching a proposal to buy more locally grown palay from Filipino farmers, state-run National Food Authority (NFA) now wants to import higher-priced commercial grade rice varieties from Vietnam and Thailand. A document obtained by The Manila Times showed that NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Aquino had asked President Rodrigo Duterte’s…

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Monday blocked a proposal by the National Food Authority (NFA) to immediately import rice and secure the government’s buffer stock, at least until the end of harvest season in June. “The President did not issue a ‘no importation’ order. All that he said was that…

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A coalition of farmers’ cooperatives over the weekend lambasted the Department of Agriculture (DA) for alleged irregularities in the issuance of new Sanitary Phytosanitary (SPS) permits. Manny Ramirez, president of the National Federation of Farmers’ Cooperatives (NFFC), backed importers who condemned the issuance of SPS clearances to favored traders. The…

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PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, together with its technology partner Ericsson, recently made the Philippines’ first successful mobile call using Voice over Long-Term Evolution (LTE), or VoLTE. “We are excited to be the first network in the country to successfully use VoLTE, because this technology holds so much promise in…

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THE management of Davao-based Marsman Estate Plantation, Inc. (MEPI) has decried the allegedly deceptive tactics employed by two ranking government officials to “agitate and confuse” agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) regarding the fate of their agribusiness venture agreements (AVA) with the company. In a letter addressed to the Presidential Agrarian Reform…

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NICKEL Asia Corp. (NAC), the country’s biggest nickel producer, said that the estimated value of its shipments in the first quarter of this year surged 47 percent from the previous year to P2.19 billion on higher ore prices coupled with a weaker exchange rate. NAC told the Philippine Stock Exchange…

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LEADING telecoms and digital services provider PLDT has laid down fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities in General Santos City, making it the first ‘Fibr City’ in Mindanao to experience fiber-fast internet. Undertaken in partnership with the GenSan local government, the FTTH rollout will benefit the growing data connectivity needs of the whole…

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The Duterte administration’s priority program, the creation of a national broadband infrastructure, has drawn the support of one of the world’s top PC makers who urged the government to invest on technology to ensure data security and protect confidential information from cyber criminals. The Department of Information and Communications Technology…

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