Quantcast
Latest Stories

Mobile Web use to rise as phone prices drop

By

A rise in mobile Internet usage in the Philippines is seen by Smart Communications this year as more feature-packed smartphones approach the “sweet spot” price level of $100 each. AP PHOTO/MAHESH KUMAR A

The country’s largest mobile phone network Smart Communications expects a rise in mobile Internet usage this year as more feature-packed smartphones approach the “sweet spot” price level of $100 each.

Smart’s parent firm, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), said its broadband and Internet revenues rose 34 percent to P5.8 billion, now amounting to 14 percent of consolidated service earnings.

The parent firm said its fixed-line Internet business generated P2.6 billion, up by 15 percent compared witho the same period last year.

Subsidiaries Smart and Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel) generated P1.7 billion and P800 million in revenues, respectively, for the first quarter.

The PLDT group now controls 65 percent of the local broadband Internet industry.

“We continue to expand our broadband offerings, be it handset-driven or usage-based. Prices of smartphones are fast approaching the ‘sweet spot’ of $100, or around P4,200, which is when we expect mobile phones to become the Internet access point of choice for Filipinos,” Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea said.

Smart said it would expand its menu of products that provide “upselling opportunities,” including the introduction of variants differentiated by speed and price points such as the fiber-to-the-home and the SmartBro dongle offers, and bundles that optimize fixed and wireless service delivery platforms with content.


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter




Recent Stories:

Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service 30 mins elapsed Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst 2 hours elapsed 8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident 2 hours elapsed Search for Etihad passengers launched 2 hours elapsed Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76 3 hours elapsed Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas 3 hours elapsed Yemen: Airstrike targets al-Qaida training camps 4 hours elapsed Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters 5 hours elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: mobile phone

  • http://www.eyewebmaster.com Rosendo A. Cuyasen

     As web developer we know that mobile is taking up the lead to be used to access the web. That is why website should also be compatible with mobile devices.

    In the Philippines it is now common for people to use mobile just to be connected in the Internet, access profile and sent messages to their friends. I think this is the biggest innovation in the world today.



Copyright © 2014,
.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement Advertisement
  1. Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  4. Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  5. Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  6. Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  7. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  8. Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  10. Aquino may be ousted for cybercrime law, says lawmaker
  1. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  2. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  3. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  4. Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  5. IT technician found guilty of defrauding firm of P130,000
  6. Netizens react to Pacquiao’s victory over Bradley
  7. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  8. Philippines may watch ‘blood moon’ online
  9. Online-addicted man arrested over son’s death
  10. Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  1. #RejectedBbPilipinas2014Questions flood Twitter
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens fall in love with Crimea prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya
  4. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  5. Nude and so dangerous
  6. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  7. Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor’s Internet fame
  8. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory
  9. Netizens thank Capa for Lee arrest
  10. Filipino artist copies piece from digital art

News

  • Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  • Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  • Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  • Tagle: Hope comes with warning on Easter
  • New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  • Sports

  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Rain or Shine drops Ginebra in big hole
  • Ateneo whips CSB; Davao debuts with win over FEU
  • PH pug Hipolito Banal decisions Colombian in Aiba
  • Former Pacquiao sparmate Porter keeps IBF title
  • Lifestyle

  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Korean animation comes of age
  • Entertainment

  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Special section in LA fest for Filipino films
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Advertisement
    Marketplace