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DITO aims to launch broadband services in early 2022

DITO passed its second technical audit in September.

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DITO Telecommunity, a third telco, plans to launch broadband internet services in early 2022, according to a representative of its parent company, DITO CME Holdings Corp (DCME). The company launched commercial operations in March of this year.

DCME chief financial officer Joseph John Ong told ABS-CBN News that the company began with mobile prepaid services but that after its network is completed, it will become a “full-service telco.”

DITO intends to be a full-service telecom, which implies that we will supply all of the services that you currently receive from the current players, primarily Globe and Smart “According to Ong.

During the pandemic, internet usage, including mobile data and broadband, increased dramatically.

DITO passed its second technical audit in September. With average broadband speeds of 89.1 Mbps for 4G and 854 Mbps for 5G, it has touched 52.75 percent of the country’s population.

The telecom, which enlisted China Telecom’s help, recently passed its second-year audit, a requirement that incumbents Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc. did not face.

Newest telco player DITO Telecommunity and local gaming and e-sports company Lupon WXC continue their partnership for this year’s JUST ML Christmas Cup from December 4 – 30, 2021.

DITO and Lupon WXC team up for JUST ML Christmas Cup with Cause

Capping off this year’s JUST ML series, the Christmas Cup features over 500 teams who are considered the tournament’s best of the best. These exceptional teams will battle it out in a series of rounds all showcased via Just ML’s Facebook Page. The winning team takes home a prize pool of Php 100,000.00 cash along with DITO SIM cards and gaming items.

As part of DITO’s first Christmas celebration with Filipinos, a chosen beneficiary will also receive Php 100,000 and Noche Buena packages, donated in the name of the JUST ML tournament’s winning team.

Through tournaments like Just ML, DITO Telecommuinty and Lupon WXC continue to support the fast-growing esports scene in the Philippines to help cultivate the passion, skill, and talent of Filipino gamers. To watch the live streams of matches, check out JUST ML’s Facebook page.

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Facetime, iMessage Activation Now Free For Globe Users

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A more seamless experience awaits Apple subscribers as Globe removes the one-time activation fee for Facetime and iMessage services. iPhone users are encouraged to activate their Facetime and iMessage now that the activation is free of charge. Facetime allows users to make audio and video calls while iMessage lets them send messages over WiFi or using mobile data.

For Globe, delighting customers means that we are able to let them enjoy their everyday essentials. Knowing that Facetime and iMessage are important services to Apple users, even the simple act of making activation easier and free of charge is one way for us to show that we care about the things they love,” said Coco Domingo, Globe Vice President for Postpaid and International Business.

To activate and use Facetime and iMessage on their Apple devices, Globe subscribers using 4G/LTE or 5G SIMs simply need to download and install the latest iOS 15.2 version and Carrier Setting Update only available to the most recent iPhone models (iPhone 6S and later).

Customers who are still using 2G or 3G SIMS are strongly encouraged to upgrade to 4G/LTE and 5G SIMS at no extra cost in Globe Stores, in order to enjoy free activation and continue using Facetime and iMessage services.

For free SIM upgrades, customers simply need to book an appointment before going to their desired store. For a hassle-free visit, customers need to bring all the necessary requirements to upgrade their SIM on the day of their appointment.

  1. One (1) valid I.D.
  2. Your actual/physical SIM
  3. Your confirmation receipt after you booked your appointment online

For Postpaid customers who will be requesting a SIM upgrade via an Authorized Representative, the following need to be presented on the day of the store visit will be:

  1. One (1) valid I.D. of the Authorized Representative
  2. Notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA)

Globe also reminds customers that while usage of Facetime and iMessage are free, regular data charges may apply when using mobile data.

Those who want to upgrade their device to the latest 4G and 5G models may also visit Globe’s online store. Or, those who are still satisfied with their current 4G and 5G phones may opt to subscribe to the new GPlan Plus, Globe’s SIM-only plans that have even bigger data and the ability to convert GBs to points (starting on GPlan Plus 999).

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, highlighting the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. It is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

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LRT-1 announces schedule for December holidays

LRT-1 will be Business As Usual on December 25, 2021 (Christmas Day).

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Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the commercial operator of the LRT-1, would reduce service hours on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year’s Eve), both of which have been proclaimed special non-working days by the Philippine government under Proclamation No. 845.

On Christmas Eve (December 24), the LRT-1 will run from 4:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in both directions, and from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in both directions on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Following the regular weekends/holiday timetable, LRT-1 will continue to service passengers on December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day), December 30, 2020 (Rizal Day), and January 1, 2021 (New Year’s Day).

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Roosevelt station will be closed until further notice to allow for the government’s ongoing construction of the Common Station, also known as the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS), which will connect the LRT-1, MRT-3, and MRT-7 systems. Balintawak station, northbound, will remain the LRT-1’s final stop. Rest assured that LRMC is working closely with the authorities to expedite Roosevelt Station’s reopening.

The public is also recommended to follow passenger advisories, any timetable changes, and to plan journeys ahead of time at this time.

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