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PLDT, Smart promote digital payment channels for customers

PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc (Smart) are encouraging their subscribers to use their expanded digital payment channels and online billing services, not only because these are more convenient and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because these processes are more environment-friendly......»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardJul 26th, 2020

PLDT Home partners with Shopee for convenient, secure E-payment experience

The country’s leading telco and digital services provider, PLDT Home, has partnered with leading e-commerce platform Shopee to make bills payment more convenient for postpaid customers through its integrated mobile wallet, ShopeePay......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 6th, 2020

5G network to usher in new digital services, says Smart

The commercial launch of 5G in the country is expected to usher in a new generation of digital services to both individual consumers and enterprise customers on top of super-fast internet for mobile phone users, according to PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

ECPay partners, customers increase

Globe Telecom’s multi-payment platform Electronic Commerce Payments Inc. saw a significant expansion in digital merchant partners, biller portfolio and customers as the pandemic forces many Filipinos to shift to digital channels......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

PLDT, Smart set 6-month period for bill payments

PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. are offering postpaid subscribers a six-month installment bills payment to help ease the financial burden of their customers during the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak.......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Postpaid payment sa PLDT, Smart, extended

Manila, Philippines – Pinahaba pa ng Pangilinan-led PLDT Inc. at mobile subsidiary nitong Smart Communications Inc. ang deadline sa mga bayad ng postpaid customers sa kabila ng banta ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Sa kalatas ng PLDT, magpapatupad anila sila ng 30-day extension period sa lahat ng postpaid customers ng PLDT Home, PLDT Enterprise, Smart, […] The post Postpaid payment sa PLDT, Smart, extended appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

Philippines global financial inclusion ranking slips further

The global financial inclusion ranking of the Philippines slipped further this year despite improvements spurred by the government’s need to promote digital channels as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Smart-Connected Women partnership: Fast-tracking digital fluency in new normal

To help boost women empowerment in the new normal, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has partnered with social impact start-up Connected Women for technology upskilling and livelihood opportunities for Filipino women across the country......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

PayMaya bags award for pandemic response

Digital financial services leader PayMaya has been recognized for its various initiatives to promote cashless payment technologies to help combat the spread of COVID-19 at the recently concluded ASEAN Business Awards 2020 held in Vietnam......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

ABA cites PayMaya technologies

Digital financial services leader PayMaya has been recognized for its various initiatives to promote cashless payment technologies to help avert the spread of COVID-19 at the recently concluded ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2020 held in Vietnam. The post ABA cites PayMaya technologies appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

DENR, PLDT-Smart kapit-kamay para itaas ang kamalayan, konserbasyon ng peatlands

Manila, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) katuwang ang digital service provider PLDT Inc. (PLDT) at ang kanyang wireless unit Smart Communication Inc. (Smart) para tulungan na maitaas ang kamalayan ng Caraga region  sa peatlands sa naturang rehiyon. Ayon kay DENR Secretary Roy […] The post DENR, PLDT-Smart kapit-kamay para itaas ang kamalayan, konserbasyon ng peatlands appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

Smart champions youth empowerment through the United Nations& rsquo; sustainability goals

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) backs Filipino youth in creating sustainable solutions through digital platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.  PLDT-Smart have backed Youth Force in the Philippines Inc. (YFPH) in its SDG Bayanihan Summit (SBS) 2020 week-long hackathon anchored on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

PNB plans to establish digital bank subsidiary

The Philippine National Bank (PNB) is thinking of putting up a digital bank either as a subsidiary or stand-alone unit, according to its president and CEO Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso. PNB president and CEO Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso  “We’re discussing internally with the principals,” said Veloso. “They really want us to set up a digital bank” and a pure digital bank at that. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has drafted a circular for the establishment of digital banks in the country and the banking community is currently being consulted on this, including the proposal to impose a minimum capitalization of P1 billion for a digital banking license.  “Clearly, as we get to see more regulations (or) the regulatory body encouraging digital bank participation, we would like to also review that and probably put into a subsidiary or stand alone,” said Veloso. “I understand there is going to be different regulatory relief or ease of doing business for those that are going to set up purely digital banks. That is something that we are seriously reviewing.” Veloso, in a virtual press briefing on Friday, said that in the digital banking landscape as it is currently set up now, PNB is one of the leaders in the digital experience and since March when the lockdowns were implemented, the bank has been trying to convince clients to go digital.  “Others claim to be ahead of space in the digital world. I can proudly say that the only thing they are ahead of us are  — for one bank, the end-to-end account opening, and for another bank, it’s because of the end-to-end check deposit. But otherwise, there is no dfference with what they’re sharing with everyone else,” said Veloso. The bank has seen an increase of 18 percent in its digital and mobile transactions during the height of the pandemic lockdowns. As of end-September, they now have 696,000 users of their digital platforms, up 31 percent year-on-year.  “We want our customers to understand how they can easily manage their funds and transact by going online using our digital channels. We also want more people to learn about the products that are meant to fit all their needs (with digital banking experience),” said Veloso. Presently, PNB branches across the country are “reaching out to customers who have not yet registered with internet banking or mobile banking”. In the BSP proposed circular on digital banks, any existing banks applying to shift to digital banking are given three years to complete conversions including the closure of branches or branch lite units. The BSP said a digital bank will be confined to a digital platform and/or electronic channels “with minimal to no reliance” on physical touchpoints. It will not have a branch or branch-lite unit but it can offer offer financial products and services through cash agents and other delivery partners. However it will be required to keep a head office in the Philippines as its main point of contact and as a “central hub for receiving and resolving customer complaints.” There are three banks that are already applying to deliver digitized financial services but these applications are not digital bank applications but are applying under existing BSP banking classification, pending the digital banking regulation......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Paperless billing for over 1.6 million PLDT, Smart customers

The country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT, Inc and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) have seen over 1.6 million customers shift to paperless billing since the lockdown due to the coronavirus-19 pandemic. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Internet speed in the time of COVID-19 is everything

Time flies by so fast, and yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought our lives to a screeching halt. Nearly seven months into the quarantined life, we have experienced a day that already feels like a week, a week that feels like a month, and with quarantine guidelines restricting us from being with our loved ones, the only way for us to really connect is through the internet. The question now is, how connected are we to be virtually together? In these trying times with everyone cooped up at home, Internet speed has become indispensable. Apart from speed, having a backup is a necessity, what with every family member hogging the bandwidth for Google Hangouts and/or Zoom calls used for either school or work. This is where PLDT Home comes in, thanks to their newly-launched device: the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem. Internet speed is king — even for a backup modem I got to experience firsthand the newest device that PLDT Home recently launched. Having had my fair share of experience with the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid, the newly improved Advance modem is a definite game-changer. How was it? It was not bad — at all. The LTE-Advance experience The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is a plug-and-play device, so installing it is very easy. To put it to the test, I used the device for an entire day, not just as backup, but as my main source of Internet connection. I put it near the window, which is always the advice given for modems to get better Internet connection. The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem features carrier aggregation that is a combination of frequency channels to power LTE to deliver at faster speeds. This enabled me to connect three devices all at once, without having to sacrifice the quality of my Wifi connectivity. The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance is powered by Smart LTE, the fastest mobile network in the Philippines as certified by Ookla. There are also two LAN ports found at the back that allow users to have wired connection for two devices. This is perfect for families with parents working from home and children taking online classes. The verdict Absolutely no jokes were meant when I mentioned above that the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is a game-changer. This is the device that families need at home to better equip them while working from and/or studying at home while also being practical with their internet spending. Because it’s prepaid, families need not worry about adding up to their monthly bills and they can easily load the device when they need it. The modem is a powerful device because of the reliable and stronger Internet connection it can provide to the entire family. PLDT Home really did step up their game with this device, and I repeat — it’s a necessity in households today. Be it for virtual conference calls for work, online classes, or catch up sessions with your loved ones, the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid modem is a device anyone can depend on. Prepaid packages for the family To match the much improved PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem, PLDT Home provided new and affordable FamLoad packages that cater to the Internet needs of families at home. For students, the FamLoad Study 599 comes with 57 GB with 3 GB/day for learning tools like Canvas, Schoology, Gabay Guro, Microsoft 365, and NEO. Those who are film and TV series geeks will also enjoy using the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem, with its FamLoad Video 599 equipped with 40 GB for open access data and 15 GB of YouTube, or the FamLoad Video Plus 599 with 45 GB for all sites and apps or 3 GB of videos daily for 15 days. The new PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is now available via the PLDT Home website and can be delivered fast via Grab delivery. The unit also comes with free 10GB data that’s ready for use and it’s convenient to reload through GrabApp using the GrabPay wallet, Paymaya, myPLDT Smart app, or PLDT Home and Smart’s retailers nationwide. In these trying times, the need to stay online as we opt to do things virtually is at an all-time high, and PLDT Home may just have provided the very device that is now a truly relevant and essential part of the modern new normal home......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

BSP waives fees for banks, e-money issuers

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has extended by another six months the suspension of charging of filing, processing, as well as licensing and registration fees related to advanced electronic payments and financial services, as it continues to promote the use of electronic banking and digital payment services......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

The Country’s Most Remote Cell Site

Despite challenges due to the island’s location in the West Philippine Sea, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) has recently fired up its 4G/LTE service in Pag-asa Island in the municipality of Kalayaan, the country’s most remote cell site, located some 500 kilometers from the capital city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.    Residents of Pag-asa Island can now use mobile data to communicate with family members and loved ones via chat apps and video calls, share photos, send emails or watch videos online.    In an email sent from Pag-asa Island, Smart engineer Edbert Aquitania shared a screenshot of the message he received upon firing up the LTE site: “Welcome back to the Philippines!” it said.   This development marks another step towards improved communications for the people of Pag-asa, who were first connected via mobile communication in 2005, when Smart turned on its 2G service on the island.    “The activation of LTE in Pag-asa island is proof of our continued commitment to give our customers access to our services, wherever in the Philippines they may be, regardless of the challenges,” said Mario G. Tamayo, senior vice president and head of Network Planning and Engineering at PLDT-Smart.    Smart LTE Nation  This LTE activation is part of Smart’s continuing rollout of its LTE services nationwide. To date, Smart’s high-speed broadband service is available in 93% of the country’s cities and municipalities and serves 95% of the population.    This rollout is part of PLDT and Smart’s sustained investments in their network, which have totaled some Php260 billion from 2015 to 2019. Amid the regained momentum of its network rollout efforts following the easing of lockdown restrictions, PLDT has leveled up its target capital expenditures for 2020 back up to about Php70 billion.   In the first half of 2020, Smart further increased the number of its LTE base stations by 10% compared to end-2019. In April, it also increased the capacity of its LTE network by reallocating its assigned 1800 Mhz frequency from 2G to 4G/LTE. As a result, 3,785 Smart base stations are now providing additional capacity for its LTE network.  Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which provides high-capacity links to LTE base stations and is now nearly 360,000 kilometers nationwide. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

ECPay reports 114% increase in customers

Electronic Commerce Payments Inc. said Monday its business grew significantly despite the pandemic as many Filipinos shifted to digital channels to remain safe from virus infection......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

Globe keeps customers safe through use of digital channels

With the shift to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, messengerial delivery services will once again be limited.  Despite this, Globe assures its customers that they will continue to receive their updated monthly billing statements, this time through digital channels. This way, Globe can keep customers and even messengers safe,  preventing risks of COVID-19 infection caused by person-to-person or surface transmission......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2020

PayMaya enables over 50 government agencies

Digital financial services provider PayMaya has enabled over 50 government agencies  to streamline their services and accept cashless payments online todate. From June 2019 to June 2020, the volume of transactions processed by PayMaya from partner government agencies surged 900 per cent. This shows the government efforts to encourage digital payments for fees and services by accepting debit, credit, and e-Wallet payments has paid off. “In the span of one year, government agencies have stepped up their efforts in digitalizing their processes,” according to Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya. Because of this, many agencies have been able to continue offering relevant services despite the current crisis, he added. To date, PayMaya has already inked partnerships with the Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of the Treasury through the Bonds.ph platform, the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council, the Professional Regulation Commission, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), among  others.  As part of measures needed to be observed in the ‘new normal’, PayMaya intends to enable more government agencies, institutions, and  local government units to accept cashless payments and digital disbursements. Hence, PayMaya has launched its LGUs Embracing and Accelerating Digitalization (L.E.A.D.) program to help local governments offer digital transactions for constituents. The company likewise enabled digital disbursements for the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Pasig, and Quezon City, particularly in delivering financial aid to beneficiaries severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  SSS and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also tapped Paymaya  to distribute financial aid to beneficiaries of its Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) and Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Furthermore, it has powered the digital payment facilities of LGUs such as Valenzuela and Taguig. Through its app and wallet, PayMaya  provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

PayMaya helps LGUs adopt digitalization

PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations, has launched a program that will help accelerate the adoption of digital transactions among local government units by providing them with end-to-end cashless payment solutions......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2020