Monday, March 31, 2014

Globe Cordillera Challenge 5: Brave the Trails

Good news to all bikers!! You are invited to join Globe Cordillera Challenge 5: Brave the Trails Event. 

This event will be happening on May 10, 2014 and it entails an exciting and scenic 90-kilometer ride from Tublay to Kapangan in Benguet and back.

As part of their journey to create a wonderful world, Globe invites the corporate clients and subscribers to join their advocacy for environmental sustainability.

Interested bikers can register at http://www.globe.i-volunteer.ph/register.  A donation of P1,000 from every participant will go to the Cordillera Conservation Trust.  The amount shall be deposited directly to the ff:

BDO Account:

• Account Name: Tignayan Para Iti Konserbasyon Ti Kordilyera
• Account Number: 5180031673

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cyber crime Advocacy Program 'Angel Net'


Do you know that the increasing number of cybercrime cases in our country is brought by the rising number of internet users? To prevent these modern day criminals, PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group in partnership with Globe Telecom recently sponsored the Angel Net Summit at Camp Crame, Quezon City. It has theme “Safeguarding Our Children From Internet Dangers”. 

The forum was participated by selected companies in the country,  including Globe broadband Tattoo, sharing knowledge and approaches to be used for research and prevention of cybercrime especially among children.  

The event also included a symbolic signing on the covenant wall in support of cyber wellness.  It was led by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba,  Anti-Cybercrime Group Director Police Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa and Tattoo Home Broadband Marketing Director Joseph Hans.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Out-of-school Youth Groomed for BPO employment, thanks to Globe Hotline



Globe President and CEO Ernest L. Cu with Anne Bouverot, Director General and Member of the Board of GSMA at the Globe m-Education booth, GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

The country’s out-of-school youth can soon learn English easily and conveniently just by using their mobile phone as leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom introduces its new English Proficiency and Training Hotline during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain where Globe is one of the exhibitors.

The move is in support of the mEducation initiative of GSM Association which brought together the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other industry players to create education opportunities for OSY nationwide.

The Globe Hotline is an Interactive Voice Recording (IVR) that could help out-of-school youth build their English language foundation without the need for formal schooling so that they can break into the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, a booming and constantly growing sector that contributes more than USD 10 Billion to the Philippine Gross Domestic Product.

It is now being pilot-tested at Bagosphere, a social enterprise based in Bago City, Negros Occidental funded by Kickstart Ventures, a startup incubator and investment firm of Globe.

Bagosphere trains OSY to get jobs in the BPO industry. Thus, once the Globe Hotline students pass the required English fundamentals, they can opt to join Bagosphere’s two-month BPO training program.  Bagosphere boasts of having 90% of its graduates employed in the first week of program completion.

“We are leveraging on our expertise in communications and information technology to bring skills and training to the underprivileged sector of society so that they can also have a chance to a brighter future.  The key task now is to monitor success of the Globe Hotline solution both in usage and effectiveness in improving the knowledge of our out-of-school youth.  Later phases of the project will include expansion of lessons and modules, and usage propagation in the rural areas,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

At present, there are 4.2 million OSY in the Philippines who lack resources, basic skills, and opportunities to improve their standard of living.  In rural areas particularly, schools are too far away and with no internet connectivity, leaving children and young adults with little or no access to online education or independent learning.  As a result, OSYs find themselves staying below the poverty line and working in jobs offering less than the minimum wage.

Once the Globe Hotline becomes available commercially, Globe mobile service customers can gain convenient access to English training, acquire English fundamentals, and increase their employability.  They only need to be equipped with any kind of mobile phone as well as cellular service.


For first time callers, they will undergo a 10 question diagnostic pre-test to assess their skills.  After which, they will proceed to English training which has four lessons that make up the fundamentals for English proficiency such as parts of speech, parts of a sentence, listening and comprehension, and pronunciation.  Each lesson has a lecture, practice module, and a test, to check the student’s mastery of the lesson.

Monday, March 10, 2014

‘SUITS’ Star Gabriel Macht Scheduled To Visit Ormoc for PROJECT WONDERFUL


‘Suits’ lead star Gabriel Macht is scheduled to arrive in Ormoc City to raise awareness and financial aid for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
GABRIEL MACHT,  popularly known as the distinguished law practitioner HARVEY SPECTER in the provocative television drama SUITS, is set to visit the Philippines on March 8, specifically in the typhoon-struck Ormoc in the province of Leyte.

His visit is made possible by Globe Telecom, in fulfilling its commitment of building a wonderful and resilient Philippines through its Project Wonderful nation-building efforts by helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Ormoc City, Leyte.

In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Globe has been granting business to beneficiaries identified by DSWD as part of its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants.

“We are committed to contribute to nation-building by providing relevant entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities among typhoon Yolanda survivors in Ormoc City so they can rise again and move forward,” said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu. “We hope that through this project, we will be able to teach them to manage sustainable micro-enterprises that will help them move from survival to self-efficiency,” he added.

“Project Wonderful is thankful to Mr. Gabriel Macht for coming in to support us.”

As part of its Project Wonderful program, Globe takes strides in rebuilding the nation with initiatives which will benefit schools, homes, and livelihood opportunities.  Bringing global attention to its commitment to livelihood, Project Wonderful is hoping that through the support of a high- caliber actor such as Macht, more support will come in months to come.

Witnessing the devastation of typhoon Haiyan, I felt compelled to raise awareness and financial aid to help thousands of people still struggling to get back on their feet. There is so much work still to do. I'm excited to be a part of rebuilding and I'm hoping that so many more will join the effort,” Macht shared.


Project Wonderful is a program that reinforces Globe Telecom’s commitment to subscribers, businesses, and the nation. Project Wonderful has three (3) pillars: Nation-building, which aims to build a wonderful and resilient country with programs that will rebuild homes and schools as well as provide livelihood opportunities to individuals and families in need, Culture-building, which shapes Globe to become a more customer-centric organization, fueled by a common passion to help and live a culture of service guided by its renewed mission, vision, and values, and Brand-building, which brings to life the telco’s passion and commitment to the customer as a strong challenger brand that leads the industry with innovative and relevant products and services.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

GoSakto Wins Best Network-based Solution at the 19th Global Mobile Awards

Globe Chief Operating Advisor Peter Bithos receives the Best Network-Based Solution for Serving Customers award for Globe Prepaid Go Sakto: Create Your Own Promo at the 19th Annual Global Mobile Awards 2014 held at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Globe Telecom recently gained international recognition after winning in the Best Mobile Service category of the 19th Annual Global Mobile Awards by the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for the world’s 800 mobile networks. .

Under the said category, Globe received the Best Network-based Solution for Serving Customers Award for Globe Prepaid GoSakto: Create Your Own Promo, beating entries from telco operators worldwide such as Avea for Location-Based Push Notification Service, LG Uplus for U+Box, SpatialBuzz and Telefonica UK for the Trusted Network Programme powered by SpatialBuzz, and TurkCell for TurkCell SMS+.

According to the participating judges, the submission was impressive because “it delivers the innovative pricing features to the prepaid market that have previously been confined to the postpaid market – giving many more customers the ability to personalize their services and tailor them to their needs.”

With Globe Prepaid GoSakto, customers can create their own promo bundles by making a simple series of choices – which service component/s (voice, SMS, mobile internet) they want in their bundle, how much of voice, SMS and mobile internet they need, and for how long they want it valid – via an easy-to-use menu on USSD. GoSakto added to the value of USSD by improving its revenue-generating potential, providing the user interface through which customers can create thousands of possible promo bundles via a step-by-step creation process, guiding them through a decision tree, resulting to one of the many possible resulting promo bundle combinations.


Catering to the digital lifestyle of prepaid subscribers, Globe has recently launched a GoSakto mobile application available to Android and iOS smartphone users.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Globe Business Leads The Way For A "Wonderful' ICT Landscape For Enterprises

Sharing the vision of Globe to create a wonderful world for its customers, the telco’s Enterprise Group further strengthens its commitment in enabling corporations, enterprises and companies to experience a wonderful, interconnected business ecosystem powered by information and communications technology (ICT).

“As an ICT solutions partner, Globe Business is one with Globe in establishing a wonderful world for its customers. On our part, we make this a reality by making businesses better across the ICT landscape here and abroad,” affirmed Globe Senior Vice President for Enterprise Group Nikko Acosta, adding that, “we translate this in making our clientele better equipped in terms of ICT to allow them to focus on their competencies. By doing this, our business partners are assured that their products and services reach their customers the best way possible. This way, we also enable them to be one with us in creating a wonderful world – for industries and the economy, that is.”

“For businesses, ‘wonderful’ is all about experiencing and enjoying strong relationships. As co-collaborators, we will work more closely with companies, corporations and enterprises to help them innovate and succeed in their industries and sectors further,” he assured. 

As a driver of innovation, Globe Business aims continue to create solutions which are engineered to transform companies into prime movers which keep the wheels of our nation’s progress in motion. Already, the company plays a paramount role in helping businesses reach their full potential by addressing requirements in mobility, connectivity, voice and security.

Its mobility solutions enable workforces to be in touch and access data so they could perform their tasks to be more productive and make quicker decisions which lead to increase in overall corporate performance. Likewise, Globe Business offers IT solutions which allow companies to keep track of physical assets, monitor capacity levels and keep an eye at their business activities in real time.

Globe Business also enables companies to quickly respond to today’s dynamic business environment characterized by seasonal spikes and unexpected surges of activity by providing technology flexible enough to allow them to utilize resources only when they need it.  They also provide solutions which make virtual collaboration possible. As companies move toward unconventional work setups, seamless connection with multiple participants from anywhere in the world is made possible. 



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Philippines Is A Successful Test Bed for Internet.org Initiative

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg keynotes this year’s Mobile World Congress with the theme “Creating What’s Next”. Zuckerberg is joined by renowned technology journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World".

In his speech, Zuckerberg’s shared his vision of a connected world through his pioneering project Internet.org which was launched last year. Zuckerberg showcases Facebook’s partnership with Philippine mobile operator Globe Telecom, the first in the world to provide Free Facebook access to its millions of customers.

“Internet.org is a partnership, it’s an industry coalition working together to make the internet and the different parts of it more efficient. For everyone to have access to it for a really affordable price or free is the real goal for basic internet services. In the Philippines, for example, we’ve been working with Globe, and what we’ve seen in the Philippines is the number of people who are using internet and data has doubled. It’s a homerun, it’s going really well. We delivered this product, where basically, in partnership with them [Globe], there’s free basic services with upsells. We’re starting off with Facebook and Messenger, the next version we’re going to do is more basic services,” shared Zuckerberg in his keynote.

Internet.org is a global collaboration among technology leaders, nonprofit organizations, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the vast majority of the world’s population.

Sharing tools, resources and best practices, Internet.org partners will explore solutions in three major opportunity areas: affordability, efficiency and business models.  The Philippines became a test bed for Zuckerberg’s vision, brought to life through leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom offering free Facebook access to its over 38 million customers, in close partnership with Silicon Valley-based Facebook engineers.

“Once again, Globe has proven that it is the mobile data service provider of choice by industry and technology leaders around the world with this breakthrough partnership with Facebook to give our customers uninterrupted, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience. This is collaboration at its peak, which has resulted in the best and most innovative Free Facebook experience yet,” said Peter Bithos, Chief Operating Advisor at Globe Telecom.

Available to all Globe Telecom customers using feature phones and smartphones and accessing either through the mobile site of Facebook or the Facebook app, users can post, like, comment, chat, add friends, upload photos, share posts, and more on Facebook without the need for Wi-Fi services.

Aside from offering Facebook at zero data charges, the collaboration between the two global companies has also paved the way for Globe to put together innovation that covers key milestones in the customer experience journey such as availability of access on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or the m.facebook.com; proactive notification if the customer will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked; and one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing without having to leave the site. Recommended data plans consider a subscriber’s available prepaid balance and/or megabytes (MB) balance of existing data plan.

Bithos added, “The engineering, business development and marketing teams at both Globe and Facebook have worked together to plan and design the customer experience from scratch. This service testifies how Globe is transforming itself beyond just an access carrier. Globe is striving to be a leading digital brand catering to the needs of digital Filipinos who need to be connected to their social circles around the world, sharing Mark and Facebook’s advocacy to bring the Internet closer to more individuals and empower them with an easy, reliable, and worry-free connection at the comfort of their mobile phone.”

Moreover, those customers who don’t have enough prepaid load can “loan” a 10MB data plan for only US$0.23 cents or P10.00 which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook, making the experience seamless and worry-free.

The Free Facebook service, which was initially offered for three (3) months paved the way for the Philippine telecom company to double its mobile data user base. Mobile browsing and other data revenues also increased to P11.6 billion as of end-2013, up 42% from P8.2 billion in 2012.

The offer also formed part of the company’s mobile data strategy to grow the number of users who access the Internet on their mobile phones, as well as provide a seamless customer experience with service innovations that address the fear of mobile internet. Now, more than 1% of Facebook users worldwide are using Free Facebook on Globe.


Citing strong demand and customer take-up for one of its biggest promos to date, Globe Telecom is extending its Free Facebook offer until April 30, 2014.