Monday, July 28, 2003

When sellers, gov’t moved online

Here’s the continuation on what we started last week about the country’s Internet events. At the end of 1998, it was estimated that there were 100,000 Filipino Internet users.

For the full story, read it HERE.
High-Tech Crime Fighting in the Next Decade

As the Internet earns greater use and adoption in all sectors of society, the bad and good elements will have a new arena. Perhaps, pretty soon, court hearings from any part of the country can be viewed online globally.

Here's what Internet security and anti-cybercrime advocate, Albert "Abet" Dela Cruz, has to say about the future of crime-fighting online.

For the full story, read it HERE.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Future of the Internet and its Impact to Literature

Here's an excerpt of our interview with comics and science fiction writer, Gerry Alanguilan, sharing his insights about the future of the Internet and its impact to literature.

For the full story, read it HERE.
Becoming Famous - The Trophy Life

Majority of Filipino web developers dream of their works be recognized for its quality, popularity, and style.

The Philippine Web Awards is the most sought after recognition in the country today. Here's what Heinz Bulos, one of the brains behind the awards has to share about it.

For the full story, read it HERE.
The Filipino and the Net Music Revolution

Here's an excerpt of our interview with artist and entrepreneur, John Lesaca, sharing his insights about the future of the Philippine Internet scene and its impact to the music industry.

For the full story, read it HERE.
Future of Movies on the Internet

Here's an excerpt of our interview with Meg C. Tekiko of on her insights about the future of the Philippine Internet scene and its impact to the movie industry.

For the full story, read it HERE.
First RP search engine came from Cebu

Last March, I embarked on a project with five men documenting 10 years of Philippine Internet history covering pre-1994 to the present. The Philippine Internet Review: 10 Years of the Internet ( is a groundbreaking endeavor.

While working on it, I realized that the Internet had touched and changed us in a lot of ways. A lot of the tools we enjoy now can be attributed to it—from cheaper long distance phone calls to sending email from mobile phones.

For the full story, read it HERE.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Do we need an IT Commission?

Did you know that the government recently mandated all agencies to use one percent to two percent of maintenance, operating expenses and capital outlay to fund e-government projects in support of the mandate of the E-Commerce Law. It is estimated that this could reach from P1 billion to P3 billion. That is good news indeed.

However, if there’s one thing that troubles me and several friends, it is how come this administration is so eager, especially the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council (Itecc), to push for the creation of a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

For the full story, read it HERE.
What employers should know

Let me give you a perspective on what The E-Commerce Law or Republic Act 8792 is all about. This law was signed last June 14, 2000. You can view a copy of it at the DigitalFilipino site.

What the E-Commerce Law does is empower all existing laws by recognizing their electronic counterpart. A promise-to-pay note sent through a text message can be considered a promissory note, and so is an order confirmation sent through such medium. A few months back, it was also proven that sexual harassment can take place by using modern technologies and be penalized.

For the full story, read it HERE.
Lack of trust hurts the industry

This year, the E-Commerce Law or Republic Act 8792 is three years old. Many have asked what has been its impact to the country. A lot actually. Numerous government and private sector initiatives came into play prior to and after the ratification of the law.

What has been disappointing though is the growth of Internet users in the country currently estimated to be at 4.5 million Filipinos. In my discussion with peers in the industry, we all agree that this figure is very conservative versus the country’s actual population of nearly 85 million. If we will be optimistic about it and take the penetration of Internet cafes, access in schools and small enterprises into play, we might have nearly 15 million Internet users already.

For the full story, read it HERE

Monday, July 14, 2003

Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) to support GSM evolution to 3G/WCDMA in the Philippines

Makati, Philippines (10 July 2003) The Asia-Pacific Chapter of the Global mobile Suppliers Association, also known as GSA APAC, launched in the Philippines today with the mandate of supporting the growth of telecommunications towards third generation technology known as 3G/WCDMA.

“GSA is creating a presence in the Philippines to ensure full communication, information sharing and industry support for the growth path of GSM (Global System for Mobile communication),” said Marko Tiesmaki, GSA APAC Chairman. “We are fully supporting the evolution to EDGE (Enhanced Data rate for Global Evolution) and to WCDMA (Wideband Code-Division Multiple Access), both of which are third generation (3G) wireless telecommunications standards offering far higher data speeds to mobile and portable wireless devices than is now available in the market.“

“GSA has two objectives,” continues Tiesmaki. “The first is to promote GSM in new and existing markets, and second, to promote the evolution of GSM as the platform for delivery of third generation multimedia services.”

Fastest-growing standard

GSM is currently the fastest growing digital standard in the world. It already serves over 860 million customers in 95% of the world's countries and is the global mobile technology of choice.

In late June, EMC World Cellular Database, a global independent research agency, announced that the total number of new mobile subscribers in the first quarter 2003 approached 51 million, with GSM accounting for almost 42 million, or 82% of new additions for the period.

GSM operators are also the largest in the world with China Mobile at over 144 million, and China Unicom at almost 75 million subscribers with GSM accounting for 65 million, by the end of the first quarter 2003. Fifteen of the world’s 20 largest operators use GSM technology, clear evidence of GSM's broad market acceptance, and performance in the highly competitive mobile services market.

Asia Pacific leads the world for mobile non-voice services and was the first region to introduce 3G services using GSM/WCDMA. Operators in the area enjoy higher penetration and higher annual revenues per user than competing technologies. Non-voice services revenue generated per user exceeds the global GSM average of 15% for several GSM operators in the region. In the case of the Philippines’ GSM operators, they lead the world in generating the highest amount of data as a percentage of revenue.

Asia Pacific markets, including the Philippines, are key to the growth of GSM globally. Outside of AP, there has been excellent progress in markets like China and Latin America. In Asia Pacific including China, 81% of the region's growth was generated by GSM operators. In China alone, GSM growth in Q1 2003 was 14.1 million subscribers, or 87% of new additions.

GSA in Asia and the Philippines

"The response that we had from the creation of the GSA India Chapter at the end of last year was very positive, and its work is advancing well. We are extending this practical activity to the wider APAC market in order to assist the industry as the market quickly evolves to delivering 3G services," said Tiesmaki.

Aside from the Philippines, GSA APAC Chapter currently supports business development in Thailand and Indonesia, with Alcatel, Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens as the initial contributors.

Tiesmaki adds, "The GSA APAC initiative will further drive the success of GSM in the Philippines. Working together as an industry will be critical in advancing the mobile market through a network evolution path that makes the best business sense."

To formally introduce GSA to the industry, the mobile consortium will host the CEO Luncheon in the upcoming 24th National Telecommunications Commission Anniversary Celebration on July 23, 2003. The event, dubbed “Public and Private Partnership On the Road to Progress”, will be attended by the chief executives of the telecommunications industry players.

Monday, July 07, 2003

The Return of Eastern Telecom
by Jherlie Cheng

Eastern Telecom, one of the pioneers in the telecommunications business makes a come back despite the neck-to-neck battle of Internet Service Providers in the country. Although this time, the company is all geared up with new services for corporate and home-based clients.

Virgil Pedro, vice-president for corporate sales and marketing of Eastern Telecom introduced the company’s new products, which will give customers more choices for their communications needs. Among these new products are the Passport that is for consistent bandwidth hungry applications. It is a cost-effective alternative to regular leased line and DSL.

Volume Metered Internet or VMI, which provides high speed Internet access on demand with customers paying only for utilized bandwidth. It is recommended for backup, video conferencing, sending data files in bulk via FTP, and for hosting critical websites.

Eastern Telecom also come up with Work @ Home service with near-broadband speed dial-up service, which makes a great alternative to dedicated dial up and low-end DSL. With this service, multiple users can simultaneously connect to the Internet and access corporate intranet.

More value-added services are also now available for Eastern Telecom customers such as E-mail Hosting, Web Hosting, server co-location and networking services like network configuration, cabling and LAN installation and E-mail setup.