Monday, September 15, 2014

Globe Sponsors PH+SocialGood (Manila #2030NOW), A Social Good Summit

Globe Telecom, popularly known for its “0916” and “0917” prefixes, celebrates September 16 and 17 with the Social Good Summit which will examine the role of technology and new media in addressing difficult challenges that the country faces particularly in the area of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

PH+SocialGood: Manila #2030NOW, is a two-day Manila leg of the New York-based initiative to be held at The Mind Museum, will particularly focus on how technology can be used to deal with climate change and the impact it leaves behind; how businesses can transform and empower women; how efforts to collapse the digital divide are helping bring the Internet to everyone; and finally, how people can help ensure that there will be no casualties when the next typhoon comes.

Globe has been very active in helping communities affected by disasters not only through quick assistance such as Libreng Tawag and charging activities and relief operations but more importantly, by providing them the means to get back on their feet and live normally again.

The company is currently the development sponsor of Aklan, one of the 14 provinces severely hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November last year.  Through the project “Bulig 4 Aklan,” Globe has committed to provide education, housing, health, and livelihood assistance to seven affected towns, namely:  Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Batan, Altavas, Balete, New Washington.  
Globe Telecom is a major sponsor of PH+SocialGood:  Manila #2030NOW organized by Rappler, Microsoft, and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy where international and Filipino speakers will talk about their passions and how technology has helped them.  Among them are: Praveen Agrawal, Country Director, UN World Food Programme; Kelli Arena, Executive Director, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy; Jackie Chang, Product Partnerships Manager, Facebook; Luli Heras-de Leon, President, Ayala Foundation, Inc.; and Lucille Sering, Vice Chairperson, Climate Change Commission.

Friday, September 5, 2014

LTE CA, LTE eMBMS Technologies in Celebration of Globe Innovation Month

Globe showcases their LTE-CA technology with speeds of up to 220 Mbps and the new LTE Broadcast (eMBMS) 

The LTE technologies that will enable the telecommunications provider to stay ahead of its customers’ data requirement amid increasing use of bandwidth-intensive applications, are presented by Globe Telecom during the celebration of Innovation Month in line with its advocacy to promote and develop innovative products and services. 

During the Globe Innovation Forum (GIF), Globe demonstrated its on-going Proof-of-Concept Trials on  LTE- CA (Carrier Aggregation) and LTE eMBMS (enhanced Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service) or LTE Broadcast.

The LTE CA technology dramatically increases efficient utilization of frequencies, enabling mobile operators to use non-contiguous blocks of spectrum in multiple frequency bands to achieve higher bandwidths to meet growing demand for wireless broadband services. 

LTE CA has an average throughput of around 220 Mbps with a total 20 MHz of spectrum and initial tests conducted by Globe in April this year showed a maximum speed of up to 230 Mbps, Estrada said. 

On the other hand, LTE eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) technology paves the way for the efficient delivery of video and multimedia services over a telco’s LTE network. 

Growing popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices has led to customer preference for mobile multimedia and video service. However, multimedia applications require large bandwidths and generate large amount of data traffic, quickly exhausting bandwidth resources of mobile operators. 

For mobile live TV watching on smartphones and tablets, LTE eMBMS works by simply downloading its Live TV Apps and also by using an eMBMS capable device or smartphone.  LTE eMBMS will be commercially available within 2015 in select areas, he added.

In addition to demonstrating LTE CA and eMBMS and as part of its activities for celebration of Innovation Month, Globe held Mind Brew talks, a relaxed, sit-down café forum, where experts of different fields were invited to inspire employees to share their thoughts and ideas and make them realize that there is always a better, more effective, and creative way of doing things.  Globe developer community Globe Labs also helped employees unleash innovation and break boundaries through iSpark, which encouraged employees to form groups, prepare their hack concept, make it happen, and pitch their app.

The telco provider also launched Globe City, a virtual platform where everyone has the opportunity not just to share their ideas but to turn them into reality and earn from it, all in a fun gaming environment.  Also showcasing their latest products and services during the Globe Innovation Forum were Globe technology partners such as Nokia, WSA/Telco Systems, Gemalto, SMSGT, DTQ, Stratpoint, Acision, Teradata, Amdocs, SmartQ, Evolving Systems, Huawei, WSA/TeleDNA, Nominum, and SAS. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Power Up More Exciting Drives with Shell V-Power Nitro+

Davao, popularly known as the fruit basket of the Philippines, is one of the top destinations in the country for diverse cultural experiences and scenic destinations. And as home to the Philippines’ largest city in terms of land area, it sure has a lot to offer for Filipino motorists searching for exciting drives. 

Whether it’s a relaxing solo drive around the busy streets of the town proper, or a thrilling off-road drive at the foot of Mt. Apo, Pilipinas Shell calls on each and every Davaoeño motorist to discover his own formula for an exciting drive. Shell, through its performance fuels, Shell V-Power Nitro+, is on a mission to uncover the different turns, terrains and tracks that portray the interesting sights and road trips only the Philippines can offer.

A result of Shell’s commitment to innovation, Shell V-Power Nitro+ fuels are designed to restore and maintain engine power through active engine cleaning. 

“An exciting drive is not necessarily about going on a road trip. No matter where you go, driving a vehicle with a high performing engine, which Shell V-Power Nitro+ fuels is designed to  offer, is what makes the driving experience an exciting one,” explained Anthony Yam,  Pilipinas Shell Vice-President for Retail. “All you have to do is discover your own Formula for Excitement, ” he added.

To bring these exciting drives to life, Pilipinas Shell has partnered with Television Culture Shock Productions to produce the second season of TEN, a travel program that features breathtaking sights and thrilling activities that are yet to be discovered by many Filipinos. Hosted by Jason Godfrey, the second season of TEN will air on AXN beginning September. 

To kick start its exciting line up of activities in Davao, Pilipinas Shell staged the Shell V-Power Nitro+ #FuelExcitement Exhibit at Abreeza Mall’s Activity Center on August 30 and 31. The exhibit was a visual feast that showcased the product features of Shell V-Power Nitro+ fuels, as well as some of the latest vehicle and motorcycle models that run best with Shell’s top performance fuels.

Shell V-Power Nitro+ exhibit at the Abreeza Mall, Davao City

Shell Philippines executives during the media briefing in Davao
Together with this exhibit, Pilipinas Shell announced that one of the exceptional destinations that will be featured in the second season of TEN is Davao. Adi Zarsadias, a travel blogger, was invited to bring her exciting drive to life. Together with Godfrey, she experienced a relaxing drive from the city, to the surfing mecca of the region, Dahican Beach. Using a high-performing vehicle powered by Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel, they reached one of the country’s surfing havens.