Mark Zuckerberg Support to Expand Global Internet Access by internet.org
Globe Telecom first telco to support internet.org objective thru Free Facebook promo
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the support provided by mobile operators worldwide in pursuing the goal of internet.org to enhance global internet access.
Globe is the first telecommunications company in the world to provide Free Facebook access to its customers, introducing mobile browsing to many Filipinos.
The offer, which allowed its customers free access to world’s leading social networking site Facebook at zero data charges, began in October 2013 and ran for about six months. The company’s registered mobile Facebook users surged by 65% following the telco’s Free Facebook promo offer from November 2013 to April 2014.
In October last year, Globe re-launched its Free Facebook promo for its 44 million customers at the time, meant as a response to clamor from customers to bring back the promotion. Concluding the offer in November last year, mobile Facebook users jumped 36% while average monthly mobile data and browsing revenue growth increased 14% from pre-offer levels. As a result, mobile browsing and other data revenues increased 23% to P14.4 billion in 2014 from P11.6 billion in the year earlier. In addition to product innovations and ground-breaking offers such as the Free Facebook promo that Globe introduced in the market, the impressive growth in mobile data revenues was also driven by increase in variety and affordability of smartphones in the market as well as improved pervasiveness of the company’s 4G network.
“Our partnership with Facebook definitely enabled more Filipinos to gain internet connectivity, which is in line with the vision of internet.org to allow more and more people to have free access to internet services or at the very least gain internet connectivity at affordable rates,” Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said.
Internet.org is a global collaboration among technology leaders, nonprofit organizations, local communities and experts working together to bring the internet to the vast majority of the world’s population.
Zuckerberg told delegates at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that offering free basic internet services can help mobile operators grow their businesses faster in emerging markets. A Facebook-led initiative, internet.org has set a goal of connecting a good majority of world population. To achieve this objective, Zuckerberg wants to raise awareness of the internet. Such awareness will be enhanced if mobile operators offer services for free, he said, emphasizing that once users get a free taste of the internet, they’ll be more inclined to pay for mobile data. “We’re proud of the work we do with these operators, and we’re excited to do more,” Zuckerberg said.
Meanwhile, the United States’ Federal Communications Commission recently voted to implement new net neutrality rules designed to make sure Internet service providers treat all legal content equally. Net neutrality, also called open Internet, is a principle that Internet networks are equally available to all types of legal content generators. This means that internet service providers (ISPs), mostly large cable or telephone companies, would be prohibited from discriminating against content by blocking or slowing transmission speeds and seeking payments in exchange for faster lanes of their Internet networks, a practice called “paid prioritization.”
Globe earns recognition as Climate Leader in Asia-Pacific for second year in a row
For two consecutive years, leading digital solutions platform Globe has been recognized as one of Asia Pacific’s Climate Leaders. The list developed by the Financial Times and Global Market Research Firm, Statista honors companies that are making significant strides in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Globe is the only Philippine telco company included in this year’s line up. The company sees this recognition as a testament to its commitment to climate action, backed by its energy-efficient technologies and sustainable network operations.
“Being recognized by the Financial Times as a Climate Leader for the second time reaffirms our commitment to make a positive impact to the environment. This inspires us to continue on our path to net zero. We believe that collaboration between us and our stakeholders is key in our roadmap towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.
Globe’s inclusion in the list was a result of the rigorous process conducted by the Financial Times and Statista, where they examined the carbon footprint of thousands of companies in the region.
The assessment considered factors such as revenues, independent emissions data reporting, adherence to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reporting, and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) ratings among others. Globe stood out for its substantial reductions in its core emissions intensity between 2016 and 2021, demonstrating not only its financial growth but its dedication to climate action.
A core part of Globe’s success comes from the implementation of numerous climate action initiatives over the years, from deploying green network solutions, piloting off-grid network technologies in remote and disaster-prone areas, adopting eco-friendly batteries, adopting green, low-carbon optical networks technologies, and shifting to renewable energy consumption in its key sites.
In line with these, Globe has also ventured into engaging its supply chain, establishing sustainability criteria in its procurement and vendor assessment processes, and rallying business partners to support and follow sustainable practices. The move propelled a collective, company-wide journey towards greener operations, in line with its commitment to achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Coming from the company’s commitment to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2021, Globe is set to submit targets to SBTi for validation and approval this year. Ahead of its submission, Globe achieved a 4.42% reduction in its total Scope 1 and 2 emissions driven by the company’s energy management programs and continued shift to renewable energy sources for its high energy sites. This exceeded its interim voluntary reduction target of 4.2% Linear Annual Reduction Rate (LARR) set in 2022, aligned with the SBTi reduction rate for the 1.5˚C global warming scenario.
To learn more about Globe’s sustainability commitments and strategies, visit Globe’s Sustainability page. For the latest Globe Integrated Report, click this link.
Globe leads 5G speeds in key Mindanao cities
Globe dominated major areas in Mindanao in terms of 5G speeds for the first quarter of the year, as it remains firm in its commitment to providing faster and more reliable connectivity to Filipinos nationwide.
Based on Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® Q1 2023 data, Globe topped the 5G mobile segment in Cagayan de Oro with a median download speed of 159.298 Mbps, Misamis Oriental with 157.795 Mbps, and Zamboanga with 99.916 Mbps. Globe’s 5G outdoor coverage has reached 90.2 percent in key cities of Mindanao.
This latest wireless internet connectivity offers huge advantages over 4G. With speeds up to 100 times faster, higher bandwidth, and a more stable internet connection, 5G can revolutionize the way people live, work, and play, and help bridge the digital divide.
As a 5G pioneer in the Philippines, Globe helps drive the adoption of 5G technology in the country and paves the way for the next generation of digital innovation. This is in line with its commitment to driving economic growth and development through innovation and infrastructure under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“The importance of 5G connectivity cannot be overstated. It can unlock countless opportunities for growth and development, not just for businesses but also for individuals and communities. 5G can bring new education and health services to remote areas, create new job opportunities, and spur economic development in the region. This is why Globe is committed to bringing 5G connectivity all over the Philippines so Filipinos anywhere can have access to the same opportunities and services,” said Globe Chief Transformation and Customer Experience Officer Rebecca Eclipse.
In the first quarter of 2023, Globe deployed 66 new 5G sites in 74 cities and towns across the country, expanding its 5G outdoor coverage to 97.21% of the National Capital Region and 90.28% of key cities in Visayas and Mindanao. Globe also logged 4.3 million devices in its 5G network as of March 2023.
To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.
Globe donates 100 Home Prepaid WiFi units to DepEd
Reliable and high-speed connectivity has become an essential component of effective education in today’s digital age as students and teachers need access to the internet to engage in various online learning activities and resources.
But many schools in underserved areas still struggle with connectivity issues. To address this challenge, Globe is supporting the Department of Education’s (DepEd) MATATAG Agenda, which aims to improve the delivery of basic education facilities and services in far-flung places in the country.
The company recently donated 100 Home Prepaid WiFi units to DepEd, which have been distributed to various schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1. Globe Home Prepaid WIFi offers budget-friendly yet fast and reliable internet access.
By bringing technology and the internet closer to teachers and students, Globe is helping facilitate better and more efficient learning. High-speed internet connectivity allows teachers and students to access digital textbooks and multimedia learning resources, as well as engage in collaborative online activities.
This provides students with a more comprehensive and meaningful education and supports the development of critical digital literacy skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century.
“Globe hopes to contribute to the achievement of the MATATAG Agenda and make a positive impact on the lives of students and teachers in CAR and Region 1. Globe is committed to continuing its efforts to improve internet connectivity in schools across the Philippines and provide quality education for all,” said Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Yoly Crisanto.
The MATATAG Agenda has four critical components, including making the curriculum relevant to produce competent and job-ready citizens, accelerating the delivery of basic education facilities and services, giving support to teachers to teach better, and strengthening partnerships and collaborations of the education sector with other sectors.
This is aligned with Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG No. 4 which advocates for equitable access to quality education and tools for digital upskilling.
Globe’s involvement in the DepEd program shows its dedication to ensuring that every student has an equal chance to succeed, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographical location. Through its efforts to enhance internet connectivity in schools, Globe helps create more opportunities for students to access quality education and develop critical digital literacy skills.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
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