Christmas is fast approaching and yet, the realities of celebrating the holidays with a pandemic can be difficult for most Filipino families today. Despite this, the desire to enjoy our usual holiday activities and observe cherished local traditions remain strong in many of us. After all, the true spirit of Christmas is about hope, joy, and the eternal anticipation of good tidings.
Uplifting the lives of Filipinos and rekindling Christmas cheer in everyone’s hearts underscore this year’s Wonderful World of Globe (WWG). “Our aim is to recreate the Christmas we all love. We take to heart our role in renewing the spirit of connectedness within the Filipino family especially at a time when most of us stay within the confines of our homes. It is also a great opportunity for each of us to do more for others and continue spreading cheer to everyone we can reach,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.
As quick, easy and flexible internet access became the new essential, this year’s WWG is the perfect time to launch the revolutionary product offer of Globe. Surf4ALL is a first-of-its-kind, fully convergent data offer that knows no boundaries across Globe brands. This promo gives you high GBs for all sites and a shareable GB allocation that is seamlessly accessible to up to 4 users or devices. Now, you can share data with Globe Prepaid, Globe Postpaid, Globe Platinum, Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi, and even TM.
Available through the GlobeOne app, Surf4ALL has 2 promos – Surf4ALL99, which gives you 9GB of shareable data, and Surf4ALL249, with 20GB shared access (15GB + 5GB limited-time bonus data). Both offers are valid for 7 days. It’s the only data product of its kind in the Philippines today to ensure no one is left behind when it comes to connectivity. This is the true universal data offer for all Globe customers which makes it possible to be constantly connected regardless of brand, device, and location.
The combination of Globe’s ever-improving network and the innovative Surf4ALL product gives Filipinos the ability to really make the holidays richer and better, by giving them access to daily essentials and services they will find both useful and enjoyable throughout the season.
As online shopping continues to surge in popularity, 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines, partnered with Puregold to create PureGo, an online grocery shopping platform that delivers groceries at one’s doorstep with a next day delivery promise, using multiple payment options including GCash.
Enjoying various content such as video, music, games, and sports can enhance family bonding so Globe partnered with Riot for special data offers for League of Legends: Wild Rift the mobile version of the highly-popular League of Legends.
And, with the continuous expansion of Globe’s 5G service, more exciting forms of innovation can be expected for Globe customers. One of which is coming from the partnership of Globe with Niantic. As the first Southeast Asian telco member of the Niantic Planet-Scale AR Alliance, Globe will drive bigger and better immersive gaming experiences powered by Niantic’s advanced AR real-world platform that will push the boundaries of what can be experienced in a Niantic game with 5G technology. Niantic is an AR company, inspiring people to explore the world together.
Another interesting 5G-enabled service that brings entertainment to a whole new level is from Globe’s official partnership with YouTube VR. This will enable users to watch and explore VR content in-app through the affordable yet effective Globe VR cardboard. This further enhances the customers’ online entertainment experience and online learning at home.
Through a new partnership with HBO GO, Globe offers a raft of award-winning entertainment to the digital Filipino. With HBO GO, Globe customers can watch thousands of hours of shows and movies any time anywhere using their connected device. Filipinos can stream or download HBO Originals, HBO Asia Originals, Korean and Chinese dramas, Hollywood blockbusters, hundreds of hours of kids and family content and more, including Sam Mendes’ war film 1917, Spider-Man: Far From Home starring Tom Holland, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears: The Movie.
Globe also joined hands with Kumu, a Pinoy-centered live streaming platform, which is home of local and global user-generated Pinoy lifestyle content, and digital content partners like GKNB (Game Ka Na Ba?), a gamified FYE (For Your Entertainment) focused on celebrity streams, talk shows, variety content and MYXPH for music. Kumu will also be adding game streaming channels into their mix as part of their offerings on the platform.
What is Christmas without presents? Gift-giving is a tradition that goes back to the wise men that visited the nativity. And while everyone loves presents from family and friends, some of the best gifts come when people share their blessings with those they may not know well but who need help.
To help vulnerable communities during the pandemic, Globe Platinum has partnered with World Vision to create the #ForFutureHeroes program. It consists of virtual experiences in collaboration with BGC Arts Center, Electric Studio, and others that allow Globe Platinum customers to pursue their passions at home while making an impact on others. Participation in every activity is matched by Globe Platinum with World Vision school kits filled with DepEd approved learning modules and supplies, so the children of Baseco Compound, Manila can continue their education.
On top of this, Globe Platinum customers have been delighting frontliners, who have worked so tirelessly to keep Filipinos safe all these months, through the Thank-A-Hero program. Apart from sending them treats from Auntie Anne’s, Coco, The Cookie Bar, and JCo Donuts, Globe Platinum is also preparing a Noche Buena feast for our frontliners, to thank those who will be hard at work all throughout Christmas Eve, keeping Filipinos safe.
Recognizing the pressing demand of educators for a fast, reliable, and affordable internet connection, Globe At Home initiated WiFi2Teach which supports the DepEd’s Distance Learning program through the donation of Globe Prepaid WiFi modems. Modems have been donated to the DepEd to equip selected public school teachers and ensure that education remains unhampered. The program continues as it now works towards raising funds to provide free WiFi modems for public school students. In partnership with Ayala Foundation, for every Globe At Home Prepaid Wifi sold, P100 will be donated to help fund internet connectivity of selected public school students at home.
To give small and medium enterprises the much-needed boost, Globe myBusiness’ Gift Local campaign encourages everyone to patronize local products for their Christmas gift-giving.
GCash brings to life our beloved Christmas traditions with ChristMAS KAYA with GCASH, where celebrations and gift giving are made possible thru innovations like GCash Send Aguinaldo, enabling users to send digital gift envelopes as aguinaldos to their inaanaks and pamangkins, and even gifting insurance thru the app’s GInsure service. In the same spirit of giving and bayanihan, our customers may also donate to typhoon victims using GCash and their Globe Rewards points.
GLife, the newest GCash app feature, likewise, provides more gift and handaan options across different brands and e-commerce platforms, ranging from Lazada, Puregold, DataBlitz, Purego, Boozy, Goldilocks, Goama Games, and more.
It is indeed ‘Merry GCash!’ this Christmas, as GCash is also giving up to 30 million pesos worth of prizes just by using the app. Leading up to a few days to Christmas, consumers can get gifts just by buying load, or using GCredit to pay when they shop on their favorite online platforms. They will also get a chance to win a gift of their choice in the grand raffle.
Recreate Local Traditions
In the past, many Filipino families would look forward to the well-loved tradition on Christmas Day of watching the annual Metro Manila Film Festival which showcases local filmmakers and artists. This year, Globe and GMovies has partnered with the MMFF and UPSTREAM to recreate the MMFF tradition and bring this year’s nominated films online to Filipino homes around the nation and all over the world.
WWG also banners Filipino talents supported by Globe, celebrating the athletic achievements of such stars as 12-time 8-division boxing world champion and global icon Manny Pacquiao, Tennis child prodigy and Australian Open doubles champion Alex Eala, PH rep to FIBA 3X3 World Tour, Manila Chooks TM Team, ONE Championship’s martial arts stable Team Lakay. Globe also supports a roster of amazing local music artists and local greats with tremendous fan bases like December Avenue, Ben&Ben, SB19, The Juans, and Donnalyn Bartolome.
“We are looking forward to these exciting events that Globe has lined up for year-end and for 2021. Our commitment to our customers remains as we usher in a digital Philippines in the near future. Thank you for the support and for being with us in this journey.” said Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of Globe.
Globe believes that with the people’s collective energy and ingenuity, everyone can still make wonderful memories this Christmas and help see them through a new and better normal.
Globe is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and has committed to implement sustainability principles hinged on four pillars including One Digital Nation, Care for the Environment, Care for People and Positive Societal Impact. Globe is actively supporting 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals
For more information about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph
Globe leads Telecom Innovation with first ever Private 5G SA Network in PH
Globe, in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has successfully showcased the first-ever Private 5G Standalone (5G SA) Network in the country. Built with technology from Athonet, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, the network delivers cellular connectivity to enterprises and organizations as an alternative or complementary solution to Wi-Fi and public mobile technologies.
The strength and scalability of the Athonet 5G Core was demonstrated at the recent INNOVANIA: Technology and Innovation Day, a tech fiesta that featured a myriad of digital solutions.
Athonet’s 5G SA Starter Kit is an easy-to-use, all-in-one package, including SIM cards, a radio, and a top-rated mobile core network in a briefcase. It offers high-quality video and audio, with download speeds of up to 780 Mbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. The kit is a plug-and-play Private 5G SA Network powered by a standard outlet and is designed to work seamlessly with business applications through its N6 interface.
A private 5G SA network provides unique advantages for entities, including enhanced security, customization, ultra-low latency, and high capacity. It can handle massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployments and is particularly beneficial for mission-critical applications.
“The breakthrough Private 5G Standalone Network brings us closer to a digitally transformed enterprise landscape,” said Yoke Kong Seow, Chief Technical Advisor at Globe.
“5G offers a lot of surprising use cases. Exploring it and doing customer pilot deployment will bring meaningful results and opportunities. This successful demonstration of the first Private 5G SA Network heralds another innovation for our enterprise customers to experience,” he added.
The partnership with HPE offers flexibility in building the Private 5G network. Enterprises can choose to host the solution in the cloud, acquire a complete solution including HPE edge servers and Athonet software, or just license the software to integrate into existing infrastructure. They can also customize their own kit for specific coverage and capacity requirements as use cases and business requirements grow.
Loh Khai Peng, Vice President, APAC Sales at HPE, said, “With our Athonet technology, we are enabling a new era of connectivity for businesses. HPE is proud to partner with Globe on this groundbreaking endeavor, providing solutions that are not only tailored for specific needs but are also scalable, secure, and highly reliable.”
With Globe’s commitment to digital transformation and the successful showcase of the Private 5G SA Network, the future of Philippine businesses is being redefined, ushering in an age of increased productivity, cost efficiency, and quality.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/
Globe Cable Theft Incidents
Leading digital solutions platform Globe recorded 746 incidents of cable theft in the first five months of the year, affecting at least 1,600 customers who experienced connectivity issues due to the deliberate cable cuts.
The cases declined from the same five-month period last year at 1,876, and a full year total of 3,598. But this is due to the reduction in existing copper cable lines as part of Globe’s transition to fiber, and the bundling of cables that makes it more difficult to cut. Copper is the type of cable often stolen and sold to junk shops at around P470 per kilo.
“While the reported cases may have decreased, we believe one incident is one too many. Because ultimately, it’s our customers who suffer. Cable theft causes unnecessary inconvenience for our customers,” said Raymond Policarpio, Vice President of Globe At Home Broadband Business.
Globe continues to vigorously campaign against cable theft, partnering with law enforcement agencies and local government units to address the problem. Globe also had to allocate P1.4 million to reimburse subscribers affected by outages caused by the illegal acts.
“As we continue to work closely with law enforcers and local government units to stop these thieves, we urge our customers to be vigilant and immediately report cable theft incidents via Globe Security hotlines and email@example.com,” Policarpio added.
Reports can be made via the Globe Security Hotline: 0917 6888545 (nationwide), 0906 3244626 (Visayas) and 09177915794 (Mindanao).
Globe has undertaken several measures to improve connectivity services and address cable theft. It continues to expand its fiber deployment and migrate its customers from fixed wireless and legacy technology since last year. In 2022, Globe installed 1.4 million fiber-to-the-home lines, with the rollout continuing vigorously this year. This move guarantees access to high-speed, reliable internet while simultaneously mitigating the impact of pervasive cable theft.
Aside from reducing its copper cable footprint, Globe is introducing fiber cable labeling to deter thieves. It is also undertaking vertical clearance correction and tree-trimming initiatives to limit easy access to aerial cables.
Working together with various stakeholders, Globe is transitioning its operating teams from a reactive stance to proactive roving operations. In August last year, Globe allied with an industry-wide initiative known as “Oplan Kontra Putol.” This collective effort, in conjunction with other cable and telecom providers in the country, aims to raise public awareness about illegal cable cutting and disruptions it causes families and communities.
Globe has also amplified its campaign against cable theft through its Bantay Kable Program, operating in synergy with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units, such as in Bacolod City. In 2022, Executive Order 015 was issued by Mayor Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez to address the rampant theft of wires of various telecommunications companies in Bacolod City.
Globe calls for support from various local chief executives to strengthen existing legislation to prevent unnecessary telco service disruptions due to intentional wire cutting and theft
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph.
Globe 5G connected robots
Leading digital solutions platform Globe once again achieved a significant technological milestone as it successfully showcased 5G-connected robots at the recent INNOVANIA: Technology and Innovations Day held at The Globe Tower in BGC.
The event served as a platform for Globe teams and vendor partners to introduce their latest technological advancements and innovations that hold immense value for both the company and its customers.
In a collaborative effort with MySolutions, the authorized distributor of Pudu Robotics in the Philippines, Globe presented a series of robots, all successfully connected to the 5G network, enabling them to perform their designated tasks with precision and efficiency.
For one, the concierge robot effortlessly guided attendees to various booths and meeting rooms, the delivery robot flawlessly transported materials throughout the event, and the cleaning robot maintained a pristine environment within the venue.
These demonstrations clearly showed the power of 5G-connected robots in boosting productivity in many industries. This innovative solution encourages businesses to use automation, proven to improve operations and increase customer satisfaction.
The developments also underscore Globe’s strategic positioning in leveraging its technological capability to enable and deploy 5G-connected robots across diverse sectors.
“Globe has always been a purveyor of innovations and new technology solutions, consistently emerging as a key enabler of diverse 5G use cases. These advanced robots are capable of executing various use cases spanning across industries, including hospitality and logistics. They represent a significant leap forward in leveraging 5G technology to drive efficiency and effectiveness in diverse operational scenarios,” said Gerhard Tan, Director and Head of Technology Strategy and Innovation at Globe.
“With our extensive network infrastructure and cutting-edge technologies, we empower individuals, businesses, and industries to unlock the transformative potential of 5G,” he added.
Tan said through seamless connectivity, Globe facilitates groundbreaking applications in various domains such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities, immersive virtual reality experiences, and revolutionary Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. Its recent accomplishment with the 5G-connected robots is yet another testament to the company’s commitment to propelling society into a future defined by limitless possibilities.
With the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), robots are increasingly being deployed across industries to automate processes. As Globe continues to enhance its capabilities, it remains at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 revolution, consistently championing technological advancements that significantly contribute to both business and societal growth.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
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