Trolling PLDT, Globe, Smart and Sun!
Christopher John Cubos:
“Most of the people in Leyte and other areas felt alone and abandoned. When the typhoon struck (Yolanda), nobody was there to help them right away, and most of the people who survived were left to fend for themselves.”
Christopher John Cubos is a developer based in Davao – him and his team composed of Kevin Omiple, Randolph Ramirez, Genesis Ortiz and Jonnel Ray Buisan, in the recently concluded AngelHack Davao Hackathon, built an application that will help allow those devastated by natural disasters to declare their location and status to their friends and family, without the need for an active internet connection.
Yup, you read right: “… Without the need for an active internet connection.”
Chris et al called their app iCalamity (?), and it beat 18 other mobile app projects in the aforementioned AngelHack Davao Hackathon which had the central theme of “Hack2Help”.
Team Chris won P40K in cash, four Google Nexus devices, business incubation assistance from IdeaSpace, and an automatic acceptance into the Spring 2014 HACKcelerator program of AngelHack in San Francisco, California.
The iCalamity system utilizes the following:
Key to all this is the YouPhoric SMS API which allows a subscriber to text in a search request and get a reply of an approximate location of the number being tracked. A subscriber in Manila can technically search for the location of a subscriber in Tacloban.
The app itself can make the search request more robust by displaying the location of the number being tracked on an interactive map.
Kamrin Klauschie, AngelHack Global Marketing and Community Manager:
“It’s amazing to see the ideas that the developers came up with for disaster relief. We’ve never done a hackathon with this theme before, and I think it hit home for everyone, and I am proud that the developers are really trying to build something that would not only change but also save people’s lives.”
The AngelHack Davao Hackathon attracted more than a hundred developers. One other notable entry is the mobile app called “Enlist” which enables a quick and easy way to volunteer for relief operations.
Napoleon Nazareno, PLDT President and CEO of Smart:
“(We’ll be complete) by the middle or third quarter next year. We’re doing 75 percent to 80 percent by first quarter next year.”
3G is a crucial linchpin in PLDT’s business strategy, which is supported by numerous studies declaring the skyrocket consumption of data services in the region.
The real key here is to have an extensive 3G coverage reaching every nook and cranny of the Philippines.
Knowing is Half the Battle!
3G refers to a standard for mobile phone services that comply with the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) specifications by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). A 3G mobile network can be connected to most handsets and it offers a wide range of services that is led by a fast mobile internet connection.
Here’s the boring version of the paragraph above: Globe Mobile Italy S.r. has tied up with Compagnia Italia Mobile S.r. and Belgium 2Effortel Technologies S.A. to launch a mobile communication service in Italy.
According to Globe, the partnership will pave the way for voice, SMS, mobile data, and load top-up to as much as 200K Filipinos based in or visiting Italy
Marisalve Ciocson-Co, Globe Compliance Officer and VP for Legal Services:
“This new offering is consistent with Globe’s thrust to continue providing Filipinos overseas with innovative and value for money services that allow constant communication ties with family and friends.”
Italy is considered as the sixth country where Globe has deployed a very strong retail stake – this beyond the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia – all prime destinations of Philippine OFW’s.
Antonio Cortina, Compagnia Italia Mobile S.r.I CEO:
“The Filipino community is known to be one of the most numerous and organized in our country, and though it is well integrated into Italian society, they keep alive the sense of belonging to their homeland. From now on, communicating with the Philippines through the Globe local Italy SIM will make them feel closer to home.”
Filipinos living in or visiting Italy can buy the SIM cards of Globe Mobile Italy S.r.l. to access cheap mobile services that link them back to the Philippines.
The Globe Italy SIM offers competitive domestic rates covering the holy trinity of mobile services: voice, SMS and data.
Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe SVP of International Business:
“Italy is home to Filipinos who are permanent migrants or working in a variety of sectors. They have already embraced Italy as their second home but continue to find ways and means to keep in touch with family in the Philippines. It is our vision to provide innovative and value-for-money communications services that allow them to maintain strong ties with their loved ones back home.”
All three have declared that the absence of commercial power have hindered full restoration – relying on fuel hungry generators may have taken a toll on the telcos seeking to keep the necessary cell sites powered up.
According the tandem of Smart-Sun, they have restored at least 88% of network coverage in affected cities and municipalities in the Visayas region.
(Note that Sun is now partially, if not fully dependent on Smart infrastructure – the two telcos have shared network resources which effectively boosted each other’s signal footprint).
Globe’s network is 85% restored in the region, with specific emphasis in areas that bore the brunt of Yolanda.
The following provinces (according to Globe) already have fully restored services:
Robert Tan, Globe Chief Technical Adviser:
“Globe Telecom expects to achieve a 100% restoration of its network by the end of the year in line with our commitment to restore telecommunication services in the Visayas region at the soonest time possible.”
Beyond their responsibility in restoring network services to their respective subscribers, what other reason is motivating these telcos in moving as fast as they can?
Yup, if for a given area, Globe restores their signal footprint and Smart hasn’t – the latter’s subscribers may opt to ditch their SIM’s in exchange of Globe’s given the prime need of establishing communication lines to friends in family outside of the disaster area. And if a large swath of subscriber switch SIM’s the losing telco will be hard put at reclaiming his market share.
Business is – business does.
In response to PLDT’s move to block Globe’s annexation of BayanTel – our Singtel telco has shot back verbally against the Empire, declaring that its acquisition of Digitel was essentially monopolistic in nature. Sounds a bit non-sequiturish but read on.
Froilan Castelo, Globe General Legal Counsel:
“Everything’s legal and above board. This is unlike PLDT’s monopolistic acquisition of Digitel-Sun since Digitel-Sun was a very healthy competitor that was eating, in fact, into PLDT-Smart’s market share.”
Troll: Froilan is abso-fucking-lutely correct – prior to Sun’s demise against PLDT’s dinero war chest, it had been competing guerilla style against Smart which was suffering so bad that it was losing market share which evidently called for the need to match ALL of Sun UNLI offers on a weekly basis. Yes, weekly – it was this bad, Sun was so nimble that Smart (and Globe) were really having a hard time fighting its insanely low priced offers.
Globe furthered that the acquisition of BayanTel through a legally approved restructuring and rehabilitation plan was supported by the government.
“Globe was doing to help BayanTel get back on its feet and allow BayanTel to continue its operations, ensure the continued employment of 1,100 workers—thereby empowering BayanTel to contribute to the growth of the telecommunications market and industry.”
Globe also added that the Office of the Solicitor General has not raised any objections to the deal, and that the NTC even went so far as to approve the renting out of BayanTel’s frequencies to the Singtel telco, prior to this acquisition attempt.
Troll: Seriously PLDT – you are making noise just for the sake of making noise. All these things raised by Globe point overwhelmingly towards an above board and government mandated deal. This is a classic example of not choosing battles to fight, much to the disappointment of Sun Tzu. Good work genius lawyers of the Empire, you guys are just wasting everyone’s time.
According to PLDT, and as filed with the NTC, the Globe-BayanTel deal is:
Note that these very same tirades can be said of PLDT’s purchase of Digitel/Sun. Funny. Fucking funny.
Yup, Globe just had to pull the Yolanda card. This in itself is lame and shameless.
“We at Globe have been working hard and against all odds in bringing back our service to the typhoon-stricken areas of the Visayas as well as helping the victims with their other needs… We’d rather not engage in any hostilities initiated by PLDT at a time when our brothers and sisters are in grief.”
Amazing – Globe shamelessly leveraged against the victims of Yolanda to call out PLDT’s shame.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) declared that as of Q3 of this year, handsets using Android cornered 81% of the market with 211.6M units shipped worldwide which effectively establishes a 51.3% growth spurt!
Meanwhile, in the land of Apple, handsets carrying iOS were recorded at 12.9% which represents a slip versus its 14.4% performance from the same period last year. Yup, Apple lost market share. Steve must be rolling in his grave now, again. Good thing is, Apple may regain some lost ground in Q4 of this year by virtue of the newly launched iPhone 5s and its lesser, more colorful sibling, the iPhone 5c.
But the biggest shocker of em’ all is this – handsets carrying the Windows OS grew by 3.6% in the last quarter versus the same period in 2012, which was recorded at a paltry 2%. This covers as much as 9.5M units, a very large majority of which were manufactured by Nokia. Is the Finish Juggernaut staging a comeback? Not likely but hey, strange tech miracles have happened in the past.
Then we go to the biggest loser: BlackBerry, as expected, experienced a shipment swan dive drop of as much as 41.6% – its current market share fell to 1.7%, as evidenced by figures from the last quarter. Mental note dear reader: do not fucking buy a Blackberry handset, the Troll predicts that this brand will die out in a few years or so – and you wouldn’t want to be left with a hot potato with limited tech support and a ghost town app market.