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Shift to an eco-conscious lifestyle with Globe eSIM and Eco-SIM

A perfect time to be eco-conscious!

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Globe encourages its customers to further support sustainable living and contribute to reversing environmental damage through two eco-friendly subscriber identification module (SIM) options –  the eSIM and Eco-SIM.

With its very small size, the effect of SIM cards on the environment may seem insignificant. However, their combined weight represents an estimated 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers consumed each year.

The situation prompted Globe to look for alternatives that meet its ambition to cut electronic and plastic waste and reduce carbon footprint.  The company is at the forefront of environmental sustainability, enabling programs that support climate action.

The eSIM is a digital SIM embedded in certain mobile phone models. Globe was the first company to offer it in 2018 as an alternative to traditional SIM cards.

Apart from being environment-friendly, the e-SIM technology allows for additional innovative capabilities such as the ability to manage multiple profiles using different mobile numbers on just one device and effortlessly switch lines for any purpose that fits their lifestyle.

Plus, e-SIM now allows for gadgets beyond the mobile phone like smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number. This revolutionary technology was recently made available to the Apple Watch cellular. As such, Globe postpaid iPhone users are now able to go out and stay connected even without having their iPhone on hand.

To avail of a Globe eSIM, Postpaid customers can simply request at any Globe Store nationwide.

On the other hand, the new Eco-SIM card is made from 100% recycled materials using refrigerator interiors, the first-of-its-kind to be commercially launched in Asia. Developed by Thales, a global leader in advanced technologies, the card was introduced to Globe postpaid mobile subscribers beginning the fourth quarter of 2021.

“Being eco-conscious doesn’t mean sacrificing on progress. As with the eco SIM and e-SIM technologies, Globe postpaid customers are able to enjoy the latest technological advancements in telecommunications and lessening their carbon footprint at the same time,” said Coco Domingo, Vice President for Postpaid and International Business. 

Globe became the first Philippine company listed by the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) committed to setting science-based targets and net-zero emissions by 2050.  This is in line with the Paris agreement, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, as well as the UN-backed Race to Zero global campaign rallying non-state actors to help halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a zero-carbon world by 2050.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns as crucial steps toward building a circular economy. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Globe At Home unveils WiFi-strong GFiber Unli Plans

For up to 150 Mbps for P1,699/month.

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Leading digital solutions company Globe continues to beef up its GFiber Unli plans to provide fast, reliable, and strong WiFi connections for the whole family. 

The company’s broadband arm, Globe At Home, has unveiled GFiber Unli Plan 1699 which offers up to 150 Mbps and a free entertainment content bundle for subscribers to indulge in their favorite shows.

This most aggressive Globe At Home Internet plan in the market today includes free three-month access to Viu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go, and Discovery+.  It also comes with free 24/7 unlimited teleconsultation with a licensed doctor via KonsultaMD for three months.

Those who want a more leveled-up WiFi at home connectivity can get GFiber Unli Plan 2499 with speeds of up to 500 Mbps. On top of the free entertainment content bundle, the package offers a free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and access to VIP hotlines.

“With Globe At Home GFiber Unli Plans, every family member has the best leverage to achieve their full potential. Along with fiber-strong connections, Globe has redefined connectivity by offering free access to entertainment content and healthcare,” said Janis Racpan, Head of Globe At Home Product Marketing.

Globe At Home ensures that its postpaid plans have a rich ecosystem that could help uplift the lives of Filipinos and allow them to thrive in the new normal using fiber technology.  Through GFiber, subscribers can experience stronger internet coverage, faster and steadier connectivity with future-proof solutions for their needs today and the future.

Globe continues its aggressive rollout of free broadband fiber upgrades within serviceable areas nationwide as part of its commitment to help bridge the digital divide among Filipinos.

This is part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight innovation and infrastructure as drivers of economic growth and development under SDG No. 9.

In the first quarter of 2022, Globe recorded a rise in fiber broadband takeup by 155%, with 1.74 more fiber-to-the-home lines built than the same period last year.

To know more about Globe At Home GFiber Unli Plans, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/broadband.html

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Globe At Home tops Netflix ISP speed index for 4th straight month

Globe At Home also dominated the list for 10 out of 12 months.

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Globe At Home has topped the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) performance rating of subscription-based streaming service Netflix in the Philippines for the fourth straight month this year.

Based on the April 2022 Netflix ISP Speed Index, Globe scored the fastest speeds through its Globe At Home Broadband Business. In 2021, Globe At Home also dominated the list for 10 out of 12 months.

Globe’s score is at par with that of the country’s overall rating.  Others in the same category are Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

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Netflix’s ISP Speed Index determines which ISPs offer the best viewing experience during peak hours. The data is gathered from subscribers using the online video streaming platform.

The speed index is vital for Netflix streaming because its videos load quickly on networks with low latency, packet loss, and jitter. Otherwise, users may encounter issues such as buffering and pixelization while watching videos.

“We are glad that we could offer consistent, high-quality video streaming speed.  It is a testament to our unrelenting efforts to provide affordable, world-class connectivity to Filipinos across the Philippines,” said Barbie Dapul, Globe At Home Vice President for Marketing.

Globe is spending P89 billion this year for its aggressive network expansion to boost internet quality and coverage. This is part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG No. 9, which underscores the crucial role of infrastructure and innovation in development.

This year’s capital expenditure allocation will be used to build new cell sites, upgrade existing sites to 4G/LTE, accelerate the rollout of 5G connectivity, and fast-track the fiberization of Filipino homes nationwide.

Last year, Globe spent a record P92.8 billion to build 1,407 new cell sites, upgrade over 22,300 mobile sites, install more than 2,000 5G outdoor sites and in-building solutions, and lay down fiber to 1.4 million homes.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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Elon Musk’s Starlink gets approval to provide internet in the Philippines

Satellite-based service provider hopes to begin operating in fourth quarter

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Billionaire Elon Musk’s high-speed satellite internet business Starlink is set to enter the Philippines after its local branch won regulatory approval from the country, which is battling with poor internet speeds.

The Philippines’ telecom regulator on Friday said it accepted the registration of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., “paving the way for the company to start delivering internet access services to the Philippine market in the coming months.”

Starlink’s service is planned to be up and operating in the Philippines by the fourth quarter, according to its website.

The Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to provide Starlink’s services, which are offered by modern, low-orbit satellites, the country’s National Telecommunications Commission said in a statement.

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The service is offered in more than 30 countries, notably in North America and Europe. It has deployed nearly 2,000 satellites and aims to launch thousands more. The company offers high-speed, low-latency satellite internet service with download speeds of between 100 megabits per second and 200 Mbps, the commission said.

The Philippines ranks 95th in mobile internet speed and 59th in fixed broadband internet speed, according to the Speedtest Global Index, lagging behind most countries in Southeast Asia. According to the report, in April, median download speeds in the Philippines stood at 19.45 Mbps and 55.21 Mbps for mobile and fixed broadband, respectively.

The commission stated that Starlink is intended to cover unserved or underserved villages in urban and suburban areas as well as rural areas.

Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos, an independent industry researcher, said Starlink’s debut in the Philippines will provide a choice for end consumers, especially those in areas not serviced by incumbent carriers.

But its success in the country will partially depend on how swiftly the government can permit Starlink to set up the required infrastructure. “Is there enough spectrum for satellite Internet? Will Starlink be allowed to develop the necessary network so that it may provide flawless end-to-end satellite broadband service to the Filipino people?”

Another question “is there a market response? Will Filipino consumers utilize the service? Is Starlink’s service affordable enough? ” Mirandilla-Santos said.

(Source photos by Getty Images/AP)

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