It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes even more to protect them.
In a webinar marking World Safer Internet Day, Globe vowed to continue efforts to provide a platform for collaboration among key stakeholders to fight Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC).
The event was made open to the public via live streaming on Globe’s Bridging Communities Facebook page and was anchored on the digital solutions group’s #MakeITSafePH campaign, geared towards online safety and protection.
Together with partners from UNICEF Philippines and the SaferKidsPH Consortium, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), CitizenWatch, and Bantay Konsyumer, Kalsada, Kuryente (BK3), Globe highlighted the importance of holistic cooperation among the public and private sectors, international and civil society organizations, and digital citizens in fighting online abuse and child sexual exploitation.
“As a digital solutions group, Globe recognizes the need for children to be safe online. We celebrate Safer Internet Day today with the intention of raising awareness and educating consumers about the continued rise of OSAEC in the Philippines, and what we can do to protect our children from further risks of online violence and exploitation,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.
She cited how Globe has invested more than $2.7 million for content filtering systems that block websites and online imagery that promote child pornography and piracy.
“There is an urgent need to address online sexual abuse and exploitation of children, especially with the growing digital landscape,” said UNICEF Child Protection Officer Ramil Anton Villafranca.
He added, “We saw an alarming trend even before the pandemic that led to abuse which was further exacerbated by economic hardships during the pandemic. As a community, we need to create better opportunities that will enable our children and their families, without exposing them to the risks of abuse and exploitation.”
Emma Hardy, Communications Director of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) presented recent data from their 2020 report that found a dramatic 77% increase in the amount of “self-generated” abuse material as more children, and more criminals, spend longer online.
According to a study by the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Philippines is among the world’s top producers of content involving child sexual abuse.
Reports of online child exploitation have also risen during the pandemic, as struggling families resorted to producing illicit content using children to earn money quickly to make ends meet.
In the panel discussion, Atty. Tim Abejo of CitizenWatch highlighted how there are already existing laws that can help protect children exposed to the dangers of OSAEC, such as Republic Act (RA) 9775 otherwise known as the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, RA 10364 the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, RA 10175 the Cybercrime Preventions Act of 2012, and RA 7610 the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, more commonly known as the “Child Abuse Law.”
However, he also pointed out that these existing laws have several overlaps that could also be interpreted as contradicting, which could make pursuing a case more difficult.
Meanwhile, Professor Louie Montemar of BK3 talked about how the negative effects of OSAEC can stay with a child even beyond the years that they were exposed to these dangerous acts, as it can severely affect a child’s mental and physical well-being.
“Stopping OSAEC is everybody’s fight. As a staunch advocate for Internet safety, Globe has been working closely with government and key stakeholders to protect our children from sexual abuse online for several years,” said Globe Data Protection Officer Irish Salandanan-Almeida.
She added, “The only way for us to truly win this fight, is by working together across sectors and recognizing how we as individuals can play a part in preventing further cases of OSAEC in the Philippines.”
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9 which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development, and UN SDG 17 which highlights the value of partnerships to achieving the sustainable development goals. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.
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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