Which has better network, Globe or Smart?
Globe Telecom claims it is gaining the upper hand in winning more postpaid subscribers, as postpaid revenues posted an 18-percent year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2014.
Globe said that as of end-March 2014, postpaid revenues reached P7 billion, up from P6 billion in the previous year. Postpaid revenues formed 38 percent of total mobile revenues during the period.
It said mobile revenues grew 8 percent to P18.5 billion in the first quarter from last year’s level of P17.1 billion, on higher revenue contributions from mobile data and domestic voice services.
Postpaid subscribers totaled 2.09 million as of end-March, up 12 percent from previous year’s 1.9 million, with gross additions reaching close to 200,000 on the back of exclusive device offers and innovative postpaid deals which helped boost subscriber gains.
Globe vice president for postpaid business and devices Raul Macatangay said the consistent performance of the segment was due to the strong take-up of fully-customizable mySUPERPLAN paired with the latest smartphones, innovative offers and postpaid deals, and complemented by strong after-sales support.
Globe said it sustained its momentum into the second quarter of 2014, by launching the newest Samsung Galaxy S5 under its suite of postpaid plans and recently offering the device in electric blue and copper gold.
It said on top of a fully-customizable plan, subscribers are also entitled to exclusive privileges such as free 1-month gadget care coverage, free Globe apps such as GServices, GCash and GMovies, as well as the opportunity to purchase apps from the Samsung App Store and charge them to their postpaid bill.
Meanwhile, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the parent company of Smart Communications and Sun Cellular, said it will roll out an additional 15,000 kilometers of new fiber optic cable facilities this year, with an investment of over P1 billion.
This would extend the PLDT group’s fiber network to nearly 100,000 kilometers by the end of 2014.
“We are further fortifying our fiber advantage which is critical to our ability to handle the expected explosion of data traffic in the coming years,” said PLDT president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno.
“Our changing revenue mix underscores that our future clearly lies in data and fiber, driving our strategic investments in technical infrastructure in recent years and giving us a decisive advantage in today’s data-driven world,” he said.
Nazareno said the PLDT group’s integrated fixed and wireless network remain unrivalled in its ability to provide high-quality voice, data and multimedia services to customers who would benefit most from the fiber expansion.
PLDT said it had expanded its fiber optic network to 85,000 kilometers by the end of the first quarter, or five times more than Globe Telecom. The aggressive expansion of PLDT’s fiber optic network will continue this year, Nazareno said.