Globe Telecom

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Globe Telecom, Inc.
Public company (PSE: GLO)
Industry Communications services
Founded Manila, Philippines (1935)
Headquarters The Globe Tower
32nd Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Key people
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, Chairman
Ernest Cu, President and CEO
Products Cellular Telephony
Fixed-line Telephony
Broadband Services
Revenue PHP 90.5 billion (Increase9%) in 2013 [1]
PHP 11.6 billion (Increase13%) in 2013 [1]
Owner SingTel (47.3%)
Ayala Corporation (30.4%)
Public Stock (22.3%)
Number of employees
8,125 Employees (2013)
Subsidiaries Innove Communications
and others

Globe Telecom (PSEGLO), commonly shortened as Globe, is a major provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines. Formed out of a partnership between Ayala Corporation and Singapore Telecom, the company operates one of the largest and most technologically advanced mobile, fixed line, and broadband networks in the country, and maintains a large distributor and over-the-air reload network of retailers, distributors, suppliers, and business partners nationwide.

As of December 2013, Globe Telecom has a total of 14,952 base stations and 9,012 cell sites nationwide to support its 2G, 3G, 4G HSPA+, LTE[2] and WiMAX services.

As of end-June 2014, total prepaid customers stood at 40.6 million while postpaid customers stood at 2.1 million.


The Globe Tower, the headquarters of Globe Telecom, in Bonifacio Global City

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. Globe Mackay Cable and Radio Corporation was closed in the Philippines by Martial law. 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.

Globe Telecom Logo (1991-2007)
Globe Telecom Logo (2007-2013)

In 1991, Globe Mackay was subsequently merged with 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. Seven years later, on August 20, 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the change of name of GMCR, Inc. to Globe Telecom, Inc. (Globe).

In 2013 Globe Telecom opened its new corporate headquarters in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) (formerly located In Pioneer Highlands In Mandaluyong) on August 6, 2013. To mark its arrival in BGC, a part of the commercial hub (known as Bonificio High Street) was turned into an amusement park from August 2–4, 2013.[3]

In 2014, Globe was the target of a Hacktivism group targeting their advertising websites with their reason being Globe's supposed poor service.[4]


On June 15, 1990, Isla Communications Co., Inc. (Islacom) was incorporated. Through Republic Act 7372, Islacom was authorized to develop a full-service telecommunications network in the country. In 1994, Islacom launched the country's first digital mobile communication service using GSM technology.

On February 22, 2000, Globe, Islacom and its principal shareholders Ayala Corporation, Singapore Telecom, Asiacom Philippines and Deutsche Telekom entered into a general agreement for a combination of their business and operations. On June 27, 2001, Globe completed the share swap transaction with Islacom, which effectively made Islacom a 100%-owned subsidiary of Globe. Globe announced the operational integration of Globe and Islacom's wireless networks. A key element of the integration involves the migration of existing wireless subscribers of Islacom to the Touch Mobile (TM) service.

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. Also, the SEC approved the change in name of Islacom to Innove Communications, Inc. (Innove).

On March 30, 2007, then Globe Telecom president and CEO Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. (who served until 2009), announced that the company would be 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 wirelines to build its broadband Internet infrastructure. Industry analysts have viewed Globe Telecom's plan to invest in cable systems as a strategy to compete more aggressively with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), which took advantage of its wireline infrastructure to diversify into broadband.


As of 30 September 2013, Globe is owned by the following companies:[5]

  • SingTel: 47.3% (With common shares of 62,646,487)
  • Ayala Corporation: 30.4% (With common shares of 40,328,090)
  • Public Stock : 22.3% (With common shares of 29,593,507)
  • Asiacom: N/A (Member of Ayala Group)


Globe's main competitors in the fixed-line telephone market are PLDT and Digitel. Bayantel used to be one of its competitors prior to its acquisition by Globe.

In the mobile phone market, its main competitors are the Smart and Talk N Text brands of Smart Communications and Sun Cellular, a wholly owned subsidiary of PLDT.



Year Slogan
1996-2001 It's all in your hands
2001-2002 All You'll Ever Need
2002-2005 Making Great Things Possible
2005–2007 Ang Lakas Mo Sa Globe
2007–2010 Abot Mo Ang Mundo.
2010-2012 Enjoy your Globe your way.
2011-2013 Go Lang nang Go.
2014-present Creating a Wonderful World

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  1. ^ a b Globe Press Room, Globe Telecom 2013 core net profit up 13%; revenues reach new record
  2. ^ "Globe Launches First 4G Network For Mobile In The Philippines". Wicked Sago. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Globe to open new HQ in Bonifacio Global City". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Amojelar, Darwin (November 29, 2014). "Globe's marketing, promo websites hacked". InterAksyon. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
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