Friday, August 24, 2012


MANILA, Philippines - Ayala-led Globe Telecom, Inc. is considering expanding into "new age" content providers -- which may include a media partner -- to add to the traditional portfolio of services it offers to its mobile subscribers.

In a briefing on Thursday, August 23, Globe president Ernest Cu said the cellular firm needs to continuously offer relevant content to its mobile subscribers.

“Just like any other telco entity, we need to cover and make sure we have content relevant to the public,” Cu said, echoing the fact that content is a major growth contribution for most telecom operators, which is mainly a utility business.

Broadcast partner

Cu admitted that a partnership with a broadcast media group is a possibility, but was quick to point out that there are no definite plans or ongoing talks to pursue a broadcast-related strategy.

“We continue to explore, but nothing [is] concrete [yet]. From partnering to licensing content, all of these forms, we are open to it. But there is nothing to tell you simply because there is nothing going on,” said Cu.

Rival and industry leader Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is already pursuing a strategy of evolving from a traditional telco into a multi-media service company.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT and media group ABC Development Corp, which operates third-liner TV5, has been negotiating with owners of the second biggest media group in the country, GMA Network Inc., for a deal expected to change the landscape of both the broadcast media and telecommunications industries.

Pangilinan had said that his group is exploring content production to maximize the phone firm’s telcocommunication infrastructure highway or its communication links.

State-owned media

Cu had previously acknowledged that a TV firm can be an added asset to the cellular firm in terms of its content.

“Content is always important to us telcos. I don’t know enough about these stations to say if their content is valuable,” Cu had said.

Pangilinan had said that they would be interested to look into two state-owned broadcast stations -- RPN-9 and IBC-13 -- when the government finally puts it on the auction bloc.

Cu had highlighted in September 2010 that, pending issuance of the privatization terms, Globe could not yet say if it will take interest in privatizing the said TV channels.

“We can only comment when we get the actual terms of the privatization. It is too early at this time,” Cu had said. - Rappler.com


mommy said...

Go lang ng Go! mas masaya pag parang pagpipili-an ang mga televiewers..

mommy said...

ngek! sabi ko,mas masaya pag maraming pagpipili-an ang mga televiewers..

Anonymous said...

dapat ang GMA ang bibili sa chanel 9,, remember mas mayaman yung mga owners ng gma kaysa si mvp at kahit yung chanel 2! si mvp more than 1% lang ang ownership nijya sa pldt kaya nga wala si mvp sa top 40 richest pepole sa pinas 2012! isa lang ang lopez na nakapsk sa top 40 ; yung GMA 3 ang nakapasok sa to 40 richest people 2012 fyi!


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