Philippines

Globe wants $1.5 billion for towers

Globe Telecom is looking to sell a swathe of its telecoms towers in a deal that could raise as much as US$1.5 billion, it emerged late last week.

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$250m sub-sea cable to connect USA to Southeast Asia

Seven carriers this week agreed to co-deploy a submarine cable directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US in a project worth $250m. To be completed by the end of 2016, the cable system will provide an additional 20Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the US with 100G technology.

Huawei deploys WAC app store for Smart

The Wholesale Applications Community has received a further boost with the news that Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a WAC-enabled app store for the Philippines’ leading mobile operator, Smart. Crucially, Huawei will also be providing a compatible handset to the carrier.

Globe targets nationwide WiMAX in Philippines

Globe Telecom has launched in the Philippines what it claims will eventually be the biggest 802.16e network at 2.5GHz in Southeast Asia. Using equipment from Huawei, Globe is offering a wireless broadband service (speeds of up to 512Kbps) at a monthly cost of P795 (around $16).

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