Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Epson: Enabling Communication with Precise Digital Printing

Although printing has been around for centuries, quality reproduction stems from a variety of technological innovations that have come together to deliver today’s high-impact prints. Epson’s strongest advancements in this area include its PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead and its UltraChrome inks.

Digital printing has enabled the transition from monochrome printing to high-quality color images. The technology for inkjet printing systems has improved dramatically over the past decade, and this is driving full-color printing to new heights. Today’s newest color printers typically use the CMYK color profile, and Epson’s SureColor SC-T5430M wireless printer is one such example.

Designed for technical, engineering, and business graphics, this high-speed device is ideal for blueprints, line drawings, and posters up to 36” wide. It features 2400x1200 dpi print quality and a very competitive price point.

The ongoing proliferation of color inkjet technologies from a wide range of vendors has contributed to the success of suppliers in this segment. Advancements in image quality, color capabilities, and ink technology in technical aqueous devices combined with an ever-growing variety of media has enabled users to produce a wider range of applications.

According to Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends’ most recent forecast for wide format technical printers, an estimated 353 million m2 will be produced in the Asia-Pacific region by 2023. This output consists of two primary technical aqueous print applications—CAD for engineering/presentation graphics and GIS for maps. CAD represents an estimated 70% of the volume while GIS printing accounts for about 25%. The remaining 5% includes graphics applications like presentation posters and banners.

While only accounting for a small share of the market, graphics printing opens up some interesting application opportunities that were previously unattainable from a technical printer. The sheet-fed capabilities of smaller devices like Epson’s 24” SureColor SC-T3130X are now used with For Placement Only (FPO) proofing, poster prints, indoor signage, and small Point-of-purchase (POP) graphics in the SOHO environment. Meanwhile, larger roll-fed devices like EPSON’s 36” SureColor SC-T5430M and 44” SC-T7270D are capable of producing larger POP displays and indoor signage. Epson offers a full range of technical printers that can accommodate the needs of home/small offices up through enterprises.

The forecast for Asia-Pacific also indicates that the installed base of 100,000 units in 2018 is expected to grow by 4.3% through 2023. Although most output is produced digitally, this massive installed base indicates that print is still the preferred mechanism for presenting technical and GIS documents. Although some of this print work is handled by in-house or print-for-pay reprographic print facilities, many engineers and architects are investing in technologies that enable them to print high-resolution color drawings in real-time.

Epson’s ongoing investments in its product line offer many user-friendly solutions to engineers, architects, and cartographers. The SureColor T-series printers are small footprint devices with full front operation capabilities that make them ideal for placement in the corner of any office. Designed for convenience, the auto switch function enables a seamless transition between roll and cut sheet paper. Additionally, the T-series printers can print and cut printouts without dropping them until they are ready to be collected.

Advancements in secure digital technology continue to occur, fueling the opportunity to print a widening array of technical graphics on a variety of media from a single device. Accommodating print widths from 24” to 44”, Epson’s T-Series line of printers addresses end-users needs for fast printing, high resolution, and vivid colors—all without compromising quality!

To find out more about the Epson T-Series printer line, click here.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Globe tops Netflix ISP Speed Index anew in 2021

Globe Telecom once again topped the Netflix ISP Speed Index for the month of June 2021, proving the company’s consistency in providing stable connectivity to Filipino families while ramping up efforts to achieve a #1stWorldNetwork in the country.

The telco scored 3.2 in the Index for the month of June through its Globe At Home Broadband Business. It also ranked first in January, February, April, and May. The Philippines' score is tied with other first-world countries like Japan and the United States, noticeably improving its position vis a vis other countries.


Improvements on fixed broadband in the country have been echoed by independent internet analytics firm Ookla. Based on Ookla Global Speedtest Index report for June 2021, the Philippines is now ranked 62nd in Fixed Broadband at 66.55 Mbps, three notches up compared to May.


“We aim to create wonderful experiences for our customers to have choices and discover new ways to enjoy their lives. We also continue to equip our customers with more than just connectivity, looking at bundles like GInsure and KonsultaMD to give customers more life essentials needed during this time,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President, and CEO.


Globe has earmarked an unprecedented P70 billion for its capital expenditures this year to build 2,000 cell towers and lay down 1 million fiber-to-the-home lines to deliver first-world internet connectivity.


Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, determines monthly rankings by calculating an ISP’s performance in primetime streaming sessions based on the maximum bitrate set by combining resolution, streaming device, and encode recipe. The better a network is, the closer a session will be to reaching this maximum possible bitrate.


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. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.


Experience world-class entertainment on Netflix with Globe At Home. For more information on available Globe At Home plans and bundles, visit this link: https://shop.globe.com.ph/broadband-plans.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

MNP: Made Possible By Smart, Globe, TCI, and DITO

Manila, Philippines -- TCI or Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI), is the joint venture company formed by DITO, Globe, and Smart to enable number porting services in compliance with the Mobile Number Portability law. The TCI is the implementing arm for all activities between mobile service providers on one hand and the mobile number portability service provider (or the clearinghouse) on the other.

“The entire telco industry and the Philippine government are pushing forward with the same goal of providing Filipinos with better telco services. Aside from encouraging healthier competition amongst the players, MNP also grants Filipinos the freedom to switch to their preferred mobile service provider seamlessly and conveniently. Na walang alinlangan,” said Atty. Adel Tamano, treasurer, Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. chief administrative officer, DITO Telecommunity. 

A separate entity is required to facilitate decision-making and approvals in the various contracts that will be entered into during the course of the implementation of mobile number portability. It will be too unwieldy to secure approvals from the 3 operators of any decision or contract that will have to be entered into with third parties. 

Melanie A. Manuel has been named TCI’s Interim General Manager. Manuel is an Industrial Engineering graduate whose telco work experience includes Domestic Carrier Relations, International and Domestic Settlements, Settlement Systems, IS Business Analysis, and Human Resource Management. 

TCI will be coterminous with the implementation of mobile number portability. For as long as the law requires mobile number portability, TCI will continue to exist for the same reasons it was organized. Note though that TCI will just be on limited manpower complement.

Mobile Number Portability or MNP, as a global practice enables a mobile phone customer to keep their number even when they switch networks or change their subscription from postpaid to prepaid and vice versa. The process itself is free of charge.

Republic Act No. 11202, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, ensures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider, or when they switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice-versa. 

MNP helps promote consumer welfare by fostering the freedom to choose and to respond to quality, price, and other relevant considerations without consumers having to change their mobile numbers whenever they change mobile service providers or subscription plans. Porting is FREE. 

To port within networks, one needs to meet the following requirements:

● An active SIM and the requestor is the assignee of the mobile number to be ported 

● No remaining balance from your previous bill (for postpaid) 

● No existing court prohibitions 

● No pending transfer of ownership 

MNP will be commercially available in the Philippines on September 30, 2021. 

Unlike earlier implementations of MNP, the mobile business has grown in complexity because of the vast array of service offerings and customization that are attached to a mobile number, which may not easily be unbundled when moving to another service provider. The three operators also have different channels for topping up prepaid loads and differ in systems which greatly affect interoperability.

The operators have invested a total of P120 Million, so far. It is expected, however, that they will spend more because, under the Mobile Number Portability law, the service is free of charge for the customer.

Syniverse was chosen by the Philippine mobile operators through a technical and commercial evaluation system to be the mobile number portability service provider (MNPSP). The company will bring in the technical infrastructure to fulfill its primary function as a clearinghouse for the three telcos and ensuring smooth implementation of number porting services. 

PLDT, Smart aid Cavite towards becoming the first province-wide ‘Smart City’

(Manila, Philippines – July 22, 2021) The largest fully integrated telecommunications company in the Philippines PLDT, through its business arm PLDT Enterprise and wireless unit Smart, partnered with the Cavite local government for the rollout of a massive fiber network for the province’s digital roadmap towards becoming a ‘Smart City.’

An initiative led by Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, PLDT Enterprise, Smart, and ePLDT will activate the Cavite Managed Broadband Network Service (MBNS), an end-to-end solution that will enable world-class internet to the province’s 23 cities and municipalities.


“The PLDT Group is extending its support in laying the groundwork for Cavite’s vision of becoming a Smart City. We are delighted to commence this advancement which is a massive move for the development of Cavite,” said PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.


The project will connect over 2,504 locations and 4,894 installed access points, through the PLDT’s fiber network supported by ePLDT's VITRO Data Center which is strategically provisioned all over Cavite using the Smart WiFi platform.


“We recognize the role of digital innovation in furthering progress thus a connected Cavite has always been my vision for our constituents. I’m grateful to PLDT Enterprise and Smart for this partnership and I’m confident that their assistance can make our vision of becoming a Smart City possible,” said Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla.


The fiberization project includes the provisioning of a fully underground fiber optic cable backbone that will provide free internet access to over 23 cities and municipalities, 129 public elementary and secondary schools, and 42 public places around the city and municipal halls.


“We feel honored to be in this partnership and are happy to assist the Province of Cavite as they implement effective programs for the overall improvement of their public services.  PLDT and Smart fully commit to the materialization of this project and envision amazing progress for Cavite through this innovation,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications President and CEO.


“We thank the local government of Cavite for their trust and confidence in our capability to deliver top-notch technologies. We are excited to be a part of this project and in assisting you towards the goal of becoming a Smart City,” said Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.


For more information on PLDT Enterprise, visit pldtenterprise.com.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

PH continues to rise in global Speedtest rankings

The Philippines continues to rise up the global speed rankings, being among the top 100 globally in both mobile and fixed download speeds, based on Ookla’s Speedtest® Global Index* June 2021 data.

The country is currently at the 75th spot in the world on mobile, climbing 2 notches with an average mobile download speed of 32.84 Mbps. This, likewise, is the 11th month the country has shown consistently improving average mobile download speeds.


For fixed, the country rose 3 spots to 62nd place, with an average fixed download speed of 66.55 Mbps and an average fixed upload speed of 66.86 Mbps.

Due to the industry’s improvements in terms of network upgrades and infrastructure development, customers around the country have been enjoying better connectivity experiences. 


“Globe continues to undergo network upgrades utilizing more advanced technology and improving the overall data experience for our customers.  We are glad that overall, the country is making consistent progress in delivering world-class service to Filipinos. This shows how our collective efforts in battling headwinds from the pandemic are paying off for the benefit of all,” said Ernest L. Cu, Globe’s President, and Chief Executive Officer.


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. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs. 


*Ookla® Speedtest® Global Index (Philippines - June 2021). https://www.speedtest.net/global-index/philippines