3G, 4 Operators, 5 golden rings!

The wheels of fate are rolling. The inevitable is arriving.
No, the national elections isn’t around the corner just yet. But 3G is!

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3G allows faster transmission speeds that make high-bandwidth applications such as video calls and video streaming possible. Browsing the Internet and downloading large files would be faster using 3G, as this technology offers full mobility, richer experience and greater convenience to customers.

I read on Inquirer that 4 operators have been given licenses to roll-out 3G in the Philippines:

AYALA-OWNED mobile operator Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, a subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., were among the four grantees of a license to operate third-generation (3G) mobile networks in the Philippines, the companies said in separate statements Wednesday.

A source privy to the bidding of the 3G licenses at the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) confirmed that Globe and Smart were among the four operators granted the right to operate 3G services in the country. The other operators are Digital Telecommunications (Digitel) and Connectivity Unlimited Resources Enterprises Inc. (Cure).

Cure? Images of men with eye-liner in an 80’s band come to mind. Who the hey is Cure? I’m not privy to that side of the industry. But they’re all welcome!

The more operators, the more choices, the better for consumers. See how Sun Cellular has changed the rules of the game.

What will 3G be like in the Philippines? What will it bring for the SMS-crazed Filipinos?

ka edong
3 kings

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  • I’m sorry, but what are 3G mobile networks?

  • hi banks,

    here you go:

    3G allows faster transmission speeds that make high-bandwidth applications such as video calls and video streaming possible. Browsing the Internet and downloading large files would be faster using 3G, as this technology offers full mobility, richer experience and greater convenience to customers.

    ka edong

    More 3G stories on PTB

  • in an editorial about 3g ive read some few weeks back, 3g was first tested in japan, and supposedly be out in Asia/Pacific then later on in the states..

    that editorial went out sometime in 2002..

    do the math..

  • Eh bakit mobile networks kung internet?

  • So how “good” is this 3G?

  • 3G is crap.

    At least in terms of market viability.

    Various telcos in the UK and Hong Kong can attest to this.

    That’s why I cringe everytime I read about local telcos taking the limelight for setting up 3G-type infrastructure.

    If 3G were as good as it is touted to be, it should have had extensive roll-out earlier. 3G was talk of the town two–even three–years ago, with the promise of boadband applications and high speed connectivity.

    But I guess the market still isn’t ready for this stuff. And add the fact that there are other, probably more viable, solutions such as 802.11-compatible protocols.

    And enduser equipment is just so darned expensive, I doubt Pinoys would be quick to switch to 3G-enabled phones anytime soon.

    I remember CDMA was the superior technology, but GSM had better marketing.

    I think the next logical step would be for telcos to jump ahead to fourth-generation or 4G technology. Not that “3G” is synonymous to “GSM” (3G is not exactly the technology, but an aggregation of various technologies and protocols for high speed data and multimedia transfers).

    Heck, this was talk of the town even last year and even in 2004.

    You’re right Ka Edong. What will Pinoys think of 3G?

  • banana

    Nah, I really don’t think 3G will make a boom to our country. Many analyst think that the 3G technologies were a flop, the market was just not ready to take such a big step forward.

    I could probably say the same thing about the jump to HDTV, companies like sony, samsung, microsoft are trying to push the HDTV technology with its new products. But not everybody can spend 100,000 pesos or more for a TV.

  • If … and if … people want to switch to video calls, then maybe handset prices will drop. I think that’s a more compelling app for most users than a mobile Internet.

  • Winston

    Would anybody have a listing of 3G networks worldwide? Any URLs or websites I can go to to get this info, like umts, 3gsm, etc..? The big question now, is, how do we monetize this 3G developments in the Philippines.. 3G-supported Contents anyone?

  • Yes there should be a listing somewhere there.

    If you’re interested in content development, join us in the ph-mobileapps Yahoo! Group.

  • Did you notice that the Smart 3G billboard on EDSA/Boni is sitting on Gokongwei’s land? It’s on the Robinsons Pioneer lot.

    If we can’t deploy it yet… make money regardless.