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As Telstra backs out, Telenor wants in with San Miguel

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After Telstra dropped its plans to enter PH telecoms market with San Miguel Corporation, it seems like another foreign identity is eyeing to penetrate the country and team up with SMC.

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Telenor Group, a Norway-based multinational telecom provider, apparently already expressed their interest to conglomerate with San Miguel Corporation even before Telstra did. This is a part of expanding their presence in Asia with Thailand, Malaysia, and other neighboring countries already penetrated.

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SMC President Ramon S. Ang told Inquirer thatTelenor Group was the one who contacted him, although Ang is still “thinking about it” since it’s been reported for his company to continue this plan without any aid from other companies.

For a long time now, people have not been happy with how our current average speeds are compared to other countries (although the latest Akamai report shows an increase for the end of last year). We also talked about why we want a third telco player and if ever it happens, we could look forward to the possibly of having more affordable choices of Internet plans and hopefully at faster speeds, too, among other things.

For now, let’s see how this potential partnership unfolds.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

7 Responses

  1. M says:

    i hope the government can PARTNER UP with an INTERNATIONAL TELCO, and if the government wouldnt go nuts.. we would have..
    – cheaper and better ISP (i wish)
    – good competitor against SMART / GLOBE / PLDT / etc.
    — thus, they will be forced to IMPROVE and BRING DOWN the cost of the services they provide

    ISP in our country are PRIVATELY OWNED and somehow MONOPOLIZED.. that is why they can demand “LESS SERVICE with HIGHER COST”

  2. deng says:

    Sana lang pumasok na talaga sila, para mag upgrade naman sila globe and smart ng equipments nila.

  3. Kelvin7132 says:

    I have been waiting for this since long long time ago

  4. Wily says:

    Is Telenor a reputable telco from its home country? Sentiments were mixed when Telstra was reported to enter Philippine telecommunications. But how about Telenor? Anyone?

    By the way, the Opera browser was developed in Telenor.

  5. roiji says:

    wishing for NTT DOCOMO or other Japanese telco to step it (and bring their phones as well haha)

  6. PJ says:

    Let’s not jinx this.

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