Globe Telecommunications

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Globe Telecom
Type Public (PSE: GLO)
Founded Manila, Philippines (1935)
Headquarters Flag of the Philippines Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Key people
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, Chairman
Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr., President and CEO
Communications Services
Broadband Services
Cellular Telephony
Fixed-Line Telephony
PHP57 billion (Green Arrow Up Darker.png4%) (2006)
PHP12 billion (Green Arrow Up Darker.png14%) (2006) [1]
Abot mo ang mundo
(Filipino: You can reach the world)

Globe Telecom (PSE: GLO), commonly known as Globe, is the second-largest telecommunications company in the Philippines.



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The old Globe corporate logo

In 1928, Congress passed Act No. 3495 granting the Robert Dollar Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California, a franchise to operate wireless long distance message services in the Philippines.

The Robert Dollar Company subsequently incorporated in the Philippines as Globe Wireless Limited and in 1934, Congress passed Act No. 4150 transferring the franchise and privileges of the Robert Dollar Company to Globe Wireless Limited.

Globe Wireless Limited was subsequently renamed Globe Mackay Cable and Radio Corporation. Congress, through Republic Act 4630 enacted in 1965, further expanded its franchise to allow it to operate international communications systems.

Shortly before the expiration of its franchise, the Batasan Pambansa in 1980 enacted Batas Pambansa 95 granting Globe Mackay Cable and Radio Corporation a new franchise.

On June 15, 1990, Isla Communications Co., Inc. (Islacom) was incorporated. Through Republic Act 7372, Islacom was authorized to develop full-service telecommunications network in the country.

In 1991, Globe Mackay was subsequently merged with the Clavecilla Radio Corporation. Globe Mackay as the surviving company was renamed GMCR, Inc. and on March 19, 1992, the Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 7229 approving the merger and the transfer of the franchise of Clavecilla Radio Corporation to the surviving company to be renamed GMCR, Inc.

In 1994, Islacom earned an important place in the history of Philippine telecommunications when it launched the country's first digital mobile communication services using GSM world standard digital technology.

On 20 August 1998, the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the change of name of GMCR, Inc. to Globe Telecom, Inc. (Globe).

On February 22, 2000, Globe and its principal shareholders Ayala Corporation (AC) and Singapore Telecom International Pte. Ltd. (STI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecom (ST), and Islacom and its principal shareholders Asiacom Philippines, Inc. (Asiacom) and DeTeAsia Holding GmbH (DeTeAsia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), entered into a General Agreement for a combination of the business and operations of Globe and Islacom.

On June 27, 2001, Globe completed the share swap transaction with Islacom, which effectively made Islacom a 100%-owned subsidiary of Globe.

In September 2002, Globe announced the operational integration of Globe and Islacom’s wireless networks to increase the Globe Group’s business focus and streamline its operations in order to optimize utilization of the network to benefit subscribers. A key element of the integration involves the migration of existing wireless subscribers of Islacom to the improved Touch Mobile service, allowing them to enjoy superior coverage and service offering available through the Globe-Islacom integrated network.

On August 7, 2003, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) approved the legal transfer of Globe's wireline business, authorizations, properties, assets and obligations to Islacom.

On August 25, 2003, the SEC approved the change in name of Islacom to Innove Communications, Inc. (Innove).

On March 30, 2007 Globe Telecom, through its president and chief executive Gerardo Ablaza Jr. said it is diversifying from its core business to take advantage of the booming broadband business. Ablaza said the company would increase its investments in cable systems and wire lines to build its broadband Internet infrastructure. Industry analysts have viewed Globe’s plan to invest in cable systems as a strategy to compete more aggressively with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., which took advantage of its wire line infrastructure to diversify into broadband business.

Levels of service

Globe offers different levels of service, dependent on both the population and the financial capability of the subscriber. A list is provided below.

  • G-Flex (Consumable Postpaid Credits)
  • G-Plan (postpaid)
    • Globe Platinum (high-end postpaid service)
  • Globe Prepaid
    • Globe Kapamilya Prepaid (ABS-CBN Exclusive Sim Card)
  • Globe Gizmo (Kids' mobile service in prepaid and postpaid)

Globe Telecom also was first to offer Super 3G or HSDPA technology in Asia-Pacific during its launch in the first quarter of 2006.

Philippine area code assignment

Globe Telecom uses the area codes 905, 906, 915, 916, 917, 926 and 927. The 906 and 926 area codes are shared with Touch Mobile and 915 and 916 were formerly area codes of Islacom until the successful merger of Globe and Islacom.



Globe's main competitor in the fixed line telephone market is PLDT. In the mobile telephony market, its main competitors are Smart Communications, which is owned by PLDT, and Sun Cellular, which is owned by Digitel. Digitel is also a major fixed-line competitor.

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