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Globe, PNP boost #BantayKable Campaign, Clamp Down on Rampant Cable Theft in Bacolod

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe has joined hands with the local police force to intensify the #BantayKable campaign in Bacolod City amid rampant cable cutting and theft, which severely disrupt telecom services in the area.

 

Globe met with various telco stakeholders and the Bacolod City Police Office for urgent government intervention on wire theft, which has been on the rise since the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, inconveniencing residents and businesses that rely on the Internet for their day-to-day activities.

Since the start of the year, major players in the telco industry in Bacolod have lost more than 25,000 meters of copper and fiber cables. Of this total cable length, approximately 16,000 meters of Globe copper wires have been replaced or repaired, a sharp increase compared to last year. These malicious activities affect all service providers, leaving customers with very limited options for alternative connectivity.

 

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“We need the government’s help to address this problem. Globe cannot do this alone.  We’re glad that we have the support of the Bacolod police and local government unit.  Together, we will stop this criminal practice,” said Jojo Viray, Safety and Security Lead at Globe’s Visayas Security Operations.

 

Bacolod City Police Director Thomas Joseph Martir warned that those caught stealing cables will face the full force of the law.

Kung wala kamo kwarta, don’t touch the wires in Bacolod. Nagpatawag nagid sila para sa Task Force meeting so we will strictly implement [the law against] pilferage. We will double our efforts starting today,” he said.

 

Likewise, the law enforcement chief directed junk shop operators to stop purchasing stolen cables, saying those caught would also be charged in court.

 

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In response to the appeal of telco operators, the city government of Bacolod also recently launched the Bantay Kable task force to monitor areas vulnerable to cable theft and prevent damage to wires by implementing rules on the allowable height of trucks.

 

City Administrator Edward Joseph Cuansing said the city government would coordinate closely with the Bacolod City Police Office, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), City Engineer’s Office, Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (DRRMO), and telco players to immediately address numerous reports of pilferage.

Globe’s intensified campaign against cable theft has led to 108 arrests in Bacolod, Cebu, and Bohol in the first four months of 2022.  This is through collaborations with the Philippine National Police (PNP), LGUs, and barangay officials.

 

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The number of arrests made between January and April this year was more than triple the number of individuals arrested and charged in 2021 at a total 30, with 16 culprits, including third-party contractors of other networks and Globe field technicians, convicted and sent to prison.

 

“These illegal activities negate Globe’s efforts to bring connectivity and digital enablement to Filipinos.  We appeal to everyone who knows of such unlawful acts to report them immediately through our Security Hotline, 0906-324-4626, or email bantaykable@globe.com.ph,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer at Globe.

Globe spent a record P92.8 billion in capital expenditures last year and earmarked P89 billion this year to build a #1stWorldNetwork in the country as part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Its expansion efforts support SDG No. 9, which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development.

 

For more information about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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Globe Logs over 11M Prepaid SIM Registrants, urges Customers to Register before April 26 Deadline

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Globe, the leader in Mobile, has registered more than 11 million active prepaid SIMs around a month after the law mandating all Filipinos to register their SIMs took full effect.

Globe hit the milestone 11-million mark on Monday, January 30, 2023, a month after the SIM Registration Act was rolled out as a measure to stop cybercrime, including scam messages that proliferated due to the anonymity provided by prepaid SIMs.

“We are grateful to our customers for promptly registering their SIMs. We understand the importance of addressing the proliferation of scam and spam messages and have made it our priority to provide our customers with a seamless registration process. We are committed to meeting the deadline and continuing our efforts to protect our customers from scammers and fraudsters,” said Darius Delgado, Head of Globe’s Consumer Mobile Business.

Globe urges its customers who have yet to register to visit its user-friendly registration portal https://new.globe.com.ph/simreg. There are an estimated 87.4 million existing SIM users under the Globe network.

Registration via the GlobeOne app will begin in February as an added channel where customers may register their SIMs. As a user of GlobeOne, customers will have access to exclusive offers and deals that are available only in the app.

Globe also provided support for government-led assisted registration in priority sites nationwide from January 25 to 27. Globe established booths in 15 areas and provided assistance to anyone who needed help, especially those in need of special assistance, including senior citizens, PWDs awww and those using basic/feature phones.

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Other than supporting the NTC-led assisted SIM registration, Globe has also started rolling out its own on-site assistance booths across the country. From January 27 to 29, it led SIM registration assistance in 30 Puregold branches in strategic locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It will extend SIM registration assistance in other locations soon.

These efforts aim to provide inclusive ways to get its customers registered by the April 26, 2023 deadline. Users who fail to complete their registration on time will have their SIMs deactivated.

Even before the new law was implemented, Globe has taken several steps to curb disruptive messages through proactive blocking, threat intelligence partnerships with financial institutions, a customer reporting portal, plus an awareness and education campaign to help customers with online protection.

To learn more about Globe and the SIM registration process, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/register-sim-card.html.

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Globe Deactivates, Blacklists More than 50,000 SIMs Linked to Fraud in 2022

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe deactivated and blacklisted more than 50,000 SIMs last year as it continued to intensify consumer protection initiatives amid the rising cases of online fraud.

Globe deactivated 20,225 SIMs and blacklisted 35,333 SIMs involved in scam and spam messages in 2022 alone as part of its campaign for internet safety.

This was on top of the record 2.72 billion scam and spam messages it blocked last year, 83.4 million of which were bank-related. All these efforts have been on-going to protect customers from harmful content and fraud before the enactment of the SIM Registration Act.

“Globe recognizes the growing threat posed by scammers, who use various tactics, including text messages, to deceive innocent victims into giving up personal information that could be used to compromise their financial accounts. We will continue to invest in our cybersecurity program to protect our customers from these unscrupulous individuals,” said Anton Bonifacio, Globe Chief Information Security Officer.

Under its filtering protocol, Globe deactivates SIMs within its network once detected to have been involved in fraud. Meanwhile, SIMs outside of the Globe network are blacklisted to prevent them from sending to Globe.

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On its own, Globe has taken a proactive approach to combat cybercrime schemes through various initiatives. It has implemented blocking mechanisms, established partnerships with financial institutions for threat intelligence, created a customer reporting portal, and launched an awareness and education campaign to empower customers with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves.

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Meanwhile, in a move to address growing concern over the use of unregistered SIMs in committing cybercrimes, the government introduced Republic Act No. 11934, also known as the SIM (subscriber identity module) Registration Act. Signed into law in October, the measure requires all mobile and broadband users to register their SIMs with their respective service providers to ensure that they are properly identified.

As of January 25, Globe has logged 10.4 million registrations of prepaid SIMs.

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Globe’s 5G network expands to 237 sites in VisMin, Connects more Consumers and Businesses #Globe5G #VisMin

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe expanded its 5G coverage to 212 sites in Visayas and 25 in Mindanao by the end of the third quarter in 2022, providing more consumers and businesses with improved connectivity and access to faster data speeds.

The company’s 5G network is now expanding and available to most of the population in Davao City, Cebu, Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Boracay and Bacolod City.

The expansion of 5G technology in Visayas and Mindanao is intended to help bridge the digital divide between these regions and the rest of the country. It aims to support economic development and enable residents to access a wider range of digital services and opportunities.

The deployment is also beneficial to the growth of new industries and businesses in the said areas. It can inspire innovation and competitiveness as companies seek to provide the best possible services to their customers.

Globe's 5G network expands to 237 sites in VisMin, Connects more Consumers and Businesses #Globe5G #VisMin

“We believe that the expansion of 5G technology in Visayas and Mindanao is essential for driving economic growth, supporting innovation, and providing access to fast and reliable digital services for residents and businesses in these regions. It will also help spur further investment and support the emergence of a vibrant and dynamic digital economy,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Network Planning & Engineering.

As a pioneering provider of 5G technology in the Philippines, Globe is committed to delivering improved customer service and reliable, consistent data services to its customers.

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By scaling up the rollout of its 5G network, Globe is taking a major step towards building a more connected and technologically advanced society in the Philippines. It is helping drive the adoption of 5G technology and paving the way for the next generation of digital innovation.

5G technology is capable of delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. It also has less lag, making it suitable for video streaming and gaming.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

 

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