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PLDT, Smart are PH’s fastest internet providers, declares Ookla

PLDT, Smart are PH’s fastest internet providers, declares Ookla

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  • PLDT and Smart tops Ookla Speedtest Awards (Q3-Q4 2018) in PH
  • In terms of mobile internet, Smart speeds-ahead over its notorious rival Globe
  • PLDT and Smart senior VP for network planning and engineering Mario Tamayo says their efforts to improve internet experience in PH are paying off by the award given to them

Independent internet speed-testing firm Ookla announced that PLDT, Inc. and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. kept the top spot as the fastest fixed and mobile network in the country.

According to Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, in their third to fourth quarter 2018 ranking of fixed-line internet service providers, PLDT came out on top with download speeds of up to 52.28 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 55.95 Mbps.

Other fixed line providers also recorded higher speed scores compared to the first two quarters of last year. Just behind PLDT was Sky with a speed score of 11.23 from 10.89, followed by SmartBro with 10.99 from 9.79, and Globe Telecom, Inc. with 9.36 from 6.58.

Ookla also runs Speedtest, a service that allows users to test the speed of their internet connection.

In terms of mobile internet, Smart toppled its known rival Globe with an average download speed of 13.85 Mbps and upload speed of 6.35 Mbps while Globe, on the other hand, had an average download speed of 11.36 Mbps and upload speed of 4.94 Mbps.

PLDT and Smart also had the lowest latency or lag according to the report by the said internet speed surveyor.

Mario Tamayo, PLDT and Smart senior vice president for network planning and engineering proudly said, “This award is proof that our continued investments in our network to improve the mobile internet experience of our customers across the country are paying off.”

“This recognition is testament to (PLDT’s and Smart’s) exceptional performance in Q3-Q4 based on Ookla’s rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest,” said Ookla executive vice-president Jamie Steven, which was quoted in a statement by PLDT over the weekend.

PLDT is said to be spending an estimated $5 billion from 2016 to 2020 to enhance and expand its fixed and wireless networks. In 2018, its capital expenditure reached P58 billion and this year, the company is allocating at P70 billion for capital expenditure.

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Galvez Refuses that Azcueta’s Death was Love-Related

Galvez Refuses that Azcueta’s Death was Love-Related

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As published on a site called Coconuts Manila, Jake Galvez, the live-in partner for 10 years of the late Lindt Dale Azcueta dispelled the suspicion that cause of the latter’s death was love-related.

He said that they did not have a major fight before the incident, and that his death wasn’t love related, despite a cryptic post on his Instagram account where he said, “Life is indeed a roller-coaster ride. Enjoy it. Thank you everyone for making my ride an awesome one. Goodbye for now. See you all in Hogwarts. #Potterhead #Geek #iPhoneForever I know you guys will miss me. Love can kill.”

Coconuts Manila exchanged SMS with makeup artist Jake Galvez, a columnist at Manila Bulletin and vice-president at Tony Galvez School of Cosmetology, “We were okay. We were fine.

“He was very stressed with work. He has been complaining [about it].”

Galvez’s lover, Azcueta, the social media manager of a Telco company, was believed to have fallen from the ninth floor of a five-star hotel in Pasay City and found dead on Saturday, July 5.

Here are some of the SMS exchanges sent on our email:

Azcueta, 30, a BS Actuarial Science graduate from UP-Diliman and a DOST scholar who graduated with honors, was a well-loved individual and an efficient employee, as described by people who closely knew him when he was still alive.

Galvez on the other hand, apart from being a makeup artist, is also host of iTunes Podcast show titled ‘Becky Nights’. Becky Nights is a talk show for the beckies and beckies at heart, which includes Matt Gozun as the fashion stylist, Buern Rodriguez as the hair expert with the Divine Lee as the Becky Queen, and Galvez as the beauty artist.

Friends and family of Azcueta are mourning on his untimely and mysterious demise. On the morning of July 5, he said his final goodbye on Twitter: “Dalekis going offline.”

On July 6, PublicityAsia (@PRAsiaWorldwide) posted an invite on Twitter that read: “Please join us on Wed | July 9 for a farewell trending campaign in memory of our @enjoyGLOBE colleague @dalekins #RIP.”

References:

  • We didn’t fight, says Dale Azcueta’s partner; http://manila.coconuts.co/2014/07/07/we-didnt-have-fight-says-dale-azcuetas-partner
  • #RIPDale: Telecoms social media manager ‘goes offline’; http://manila.coconuts.co/2014/07/06/ripdale-telecoms-social-media-manager-goes-offline

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Telco Exec’s Death is Still Undergoing Further Investigation

Telco Exec’s Death is Still Undergoing Further Investigation

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The mysterious death of a digital marketing manager of a telecommunications company, named Lindt Dale Azcueta is suspected to be suicide act based on his Instagram account post dated July 5 that stated: “Life is indeed a roller-coaster ride. Enjoy it. Thank you everyone for making my ride an awesome one. Goodbye for now. See you all in Hogwarts. #Potterhead #Geek #iPhoneForever I know you guys will miss me. (heart emoticon) Love can kill.”

Screen capture from Dale Azcueta's Instagram account |@Dalekins
Screen capture from Dale Azcueta’s Instagram account |@Dalekins

The post was made hours prior to his alleged suicide.

According to Bombo Radyo report, though suicide is the likely angle linked to the ‘farewell notes’ and Azcueta’s thrilling premonition on his Instagram account, the authorities are still looking into a probable foul-play angle as well.

Azcueta is an active social media enthusiast. He used to post updates in his personal social media accounts which made his life an open book to his followers and social media friends. His posts update everyone following him on his adventures and misadventures online and offline.

Screen capture from Dale Azcueta's Twitter account |@Dalekins
Screen capture from Dale Azcueta’s Twitter account |@Dalekins
Screen capture from Dale Azcueta's Twitter account |@Dalekins
Screen capture from Dale Azcueta’s Twitter account |@Dalekins

Bombo Radyo’s Sunday issue printouts headlined the tragic death of the late Lindt Dale Azcueta. He allegedly fell-off Sofitel Hotel. Based on the Pasay City Police investigations, Azcueta checked in at around 3:00pm on Friday, July 4 and fell from his room (944) of the said hotel at around 7:49am on Saturday.

With the hotel room numbers’ first digits, it usually indicates the floor level where it is situated, thus falling from the said floor is terrifying and fatal. The victim’s body was found laying on the concrete flooring of the hotel near the Side Harbor Tent. The authorities are still conducting further investigations to find out if there’s a foul play involved in the case or the victim willingly committed suicide.

After the news broke out, condolences were sent out to Azcueta’s loved ones especially to his partner, Jake Galvez, a known professional make-up artist and host of iTunes Podcast show titled ‘Becky Nights’.

Screen capture from Jake Galvez's Instagram account |@JakeGalvez
Screen capture from Jake Galvez’s Instagram account |@JakeGalvez

Becky Nights is a talk show for the beckies and beckies at heart, which includes Matt Gozun (Fashion Stylist), Buern Rodriguez (Hair Expert) with THE Divine Lee (Becky Queen), and Jake Galvez (Beauty Artist). They are all Manila-based fashion and beauty stylists and have stimulating conversations on love, sex, boys, relationships, shopping, notches, beauty, fashion, and anything under the sun. The show also features insightful interviews with today’s hottest celebs and industry experts.

Galvez on the other hand, continues to post Azcueta’s photos on Instagram with heartfelt messages since July 6, Sunday, a day after the death of Azcueta.

Screen capture from Jake Galvez's Instagram account |@JakeGalvez
Screen capture from Jake Galvez’s Instagram account |@JakeGalvez
Screen capture from Jake Galvez's Instagram account |@JakeGalvez
Screen capture from Jake Galvez’s Instagram account |@JakeGalvez
Screen capture from Jake Galvez's Instagram account |@JakeGalvez
Screen capture from Jake Galvez’s Instagram account |@JakeGalvez

References:

  • Anne Soberano, Foul play sa pagkahulog ng marketing mgr. sa hotel room, inaalam – Pasay police, http://www.bomboradyo.com/news/latest-news/item/66037-pasay-police-inaalam-kung-may-foul-play-sa-lalaking-nahulog-sa-hotel-sa-pasay#sthash.FIBnka7J.dpuf
  • Lindt Dale Azcueta Social Media Accounts; http://instagram.com/dalekins, https://twitter.com/dalekins
  • Jake Galvez Social Media Accounts; http://instagram.com/jakegalvez, https://twitter.com/jakegalvez

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