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 Converge leads Netflix’ ISP Speed Index in December 2021

 


Leading fiber broadband operator Converge ICT Solutions Inc. remains to be the ISP providing the best streaming Netflix experience among the country's players, landing on top of the Netflix ISP Speed Index Leaderboard at the end of 2021, according to the content streaming giant.

 

The Netflix ISP Speed Index Philippines shows every month which internet service providers give the superior primetime Netflix viewing experience in the country. Faster ISP Speed Index performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times, and fewer interruptions when watching movies, TV series, and other content on Netflix.

 

"We're delighted to be recognized by Netflix, the biggest content streaming service provider in the world, for delivering the best digital experience to their users in the Philippines. We've been steadily improving our speed throughout the year, a testament that we're committed to uplift the digital life of subscribers," noted Converge Co-founder and CEO Dennis Uy.

 

“Video streaming is one of the most demanding applications on the internet. It not only requires speed but high quality connection as well, otherwise users experience buffering, pixelization and slow-loading times. We have designed our network to have low-delay or latency, no congestion, no packet loss and minimal outages to ensure that our customers have an enjoyable and uninterrupted video viewing experience. We recognize our position in the Netflix ISP Speed Index Philippines as affirmation of the quality service we offer our customers,” added Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus C. Romero.

 

In the December 2021 report, Converge registered a Netflix average speed of 3.6 Mbps, putting it toe to toe with Sky Cable for the month. The Netflix ISP speed of 3.6 Mbps outpaces the Philippines' average speed of 3.4 Mbps, and is the highest speed garnered by the fiber broadband provider in 2021.

 

Converge has seen its ISP speed improve by 11% since the start of 2021 when it logged a speed of 3.2 Mbps. Converge has consistently topped the monthly Netflix ISP Speed Index in 2021, staying on No. 1 of the Leaderboard for 11 months during the year.

 

Converge, in November, gave its nearly 1.6 million subscribers a free speed upgrade of up to 800 Mbps. This comes as the fiber broadband provider completed its national digital highway in the same quarter, essentially connecting all the major islands of the Philippines to its fiber backbone.

 

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Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (PSE:CNVRG) is the leading pure fiber data network and internet service provider in the country. It is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge is ISO 9001 and CE2.0 Certified.

 

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2:26 PM

Providing Smiles All-Year-Round: Smile Train Elevates Comprehensive Cleft Care for Filipinos in Need

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 Providing Smiles All-Year-Round: Smile Train Elevates Comprehensive Cleft Care for Filipinos in Need



MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As the global pandemic approaches its third year, there is no denying that COVID-19 has been everyone’s paramount health concern. However, as many continue to live with the pandemic, Smile Train recognizes that children born with a cleft lip and/or palate still face serious health implications from this condition. 


The challenges posed by the pandemic have pushed Smile Train to become even more focused and persistent in its work. It was able to provide 2,500 cleft surgeries in 2021 -- 750 more than in the previous year. By leveraging technology to ensure access to much-needed services, Smile Train also enabled more medical professionals to offer telehealth consultations and speech therapy sessions.  


“Throughout last year, we wanted our beneficiaries to know that Smile Train services are ongoing and have never stopped. We want our patients to know that hope is not lost. While we stay at home for everyone’s safety, Smile Train worked hard to innovate and create programs to reach more Filipinos in need,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Smile Train Vice President, South East Asia. 


For many Filipinos, the pandemic caused a temporary disruption to their lives due to mobility restrictions. However, through the first Filipino Speech Therapy App by developed by Smile Train and its Speech Telehealth Program, patients can continue to receive their treatment and guidance from healthcare professionals in the comfort and safety of their homes. 


The Speech Therapy App is a free mobile application, designed to help patients who have received surgery for their cleft palate. Since its launch in 2021, the application has reached an audience of 50,053 Filipinos for continued treatment and services. The app also features a wide array of educational videos and speech therapy sessions in Filipino, with features and content for young patients. The application is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.


On the other hand, Smile Train’s Telehealth program connects patients and guardians to healthcare practitioners for consultations, health education, and assessments via WhatsApp, Skype, and Zoom, on any device. This program has provided patients with more than 2,000 cleft care-related sessions, covering speech therapy, nutritional support, breastfeeding guidance for mothers of babies with clefts, pre-surgical consultations, and psychosocial care.


Aside from continued treatment for current patients, Smile Train endeavors to reach more cleft-affected individuals and their families in need. In the first quarter of 2021, the charity launched Cleft Con Philippines, the first-of-its-kind conference, streamed through Smile Train Philippines’ official Facebook page. Cleft Con was a  series of discussions from experts who discussed various aspects of cleft care, such as breastfeeding babies with a cleft, oral hygiene tips, surgery, the importance of speech therapy and building one’s self-confidence.  


With the successful launch of Cleft Con Philippines, the charity, in partnership with RMN Foundation and Radio Mindanao Network, launched Cleft Con Radio, a series of discussions covering comprehensive cleft care that aired in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro. 


Another milestone for Smile Train is the launch of its first Comprehensive Cleft Center in Cebu. Located at ARC Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City, the center aims to make cleft care services more accessible to individuals and families in the region. 


While the charity organization expanded its reach and services, Smile Train Philippines also continues to support medical professionals involved in providing cleft care by offering them education and training opportunities for developing their skills further and exchanging best practices with other experts around the world. By supporting cleft professionals, cleft-affected individuals and their families can ultimately receive safe, high-quality, and timely care throughout the year. 


“We’re coming into 2022 with the determination to help more people in need. Despite the challenges of the current times, Smile Train continues to innovate and improve access to comprehensive cleft care for the tens and thousands of Filipinos depending on us,” said Flaviano.


Smile Train has proven its steadfast commitment to a vision of a world where Filipinos have access to free comprehensive cleft care and can live a healthy life. As the pandemic continues to worry Filipinos, receiving comprehensive cleft care can be one less worry with Smile Train Philippines. 


For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to donate, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines, please visit smiletrain.ph, follow Smile Train Philippines on Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines



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5:04 AM

Converge takes home outstanding company award at the global Pacific Telecommunications Council Awards 2022

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 Converge takes home outstanding company award at the global Pacific Telecommunications Council Awards 2022


Leading Philippine fiber broadband operator Converge ICT Solutions Inc. brings honor to the country as it was named the Outstanding Wireline and/or Wireless Company during the Pacific Telecommunications Council Awards 2022 for its efforts to improve the quality of Filipinos’ digital life.


The Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) which groups ICT companies from over 45 countries in the Pacific Rim is the foremost global non-profit organization promoting the advancement of information and communications technology in the region. 


"With the Outstanding Wireline and/or Wireless Company award, we have bested both wireline and mobile operators in providing the fastest and most reliable connectivity. This stands as testament to our commitment to bring world-class connectivity to more areas in the Philippines,"  said Converge CEO Dennis Anthony Uy.


During the virtual awards ceremony, Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus Romero thanked the PTC for the recognition. 


"This award is not only significant to Converge, but to our country, as this means that the world now recognizes our efforts to reach more unserved and underserved Filipinos and provide them access to world-class connectivity. We will continue to innovate to bring superior and differentiated products as well as exceptional service at the best value in the market,” said Mr. Romero in his acceptance remarks.


The PTC Awards honor international carriers and technology companies pushing the envelope in the ICT field and bringing fresh innovation in telecommunications. 


The awards evaluate nominees on both qualitative (bridging the digital divide, community impact) and quantitative (revenues, profitability, subscriber reach) measures.  


In 2021, Converge’s subscriber base reached 1.5 million and its network passed over 9.6 million homes as of end Q32021. This translates to 37.6 % household coverage nationwide, placing Converge on track to reach the Company’s accelerated target to cover approximately 55% of households in the Philippines by 2023.


The Pacific Telecommunications Council is the latest award-giving body to recognize Converge’s transformative innovation and technological excellence, others being Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards, the Asia CEO Awards, and the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards, to name a few.

 



For 2022, Converge is pursuing its Go Deep strategy, eyeing to expand its provincial backbone in Visayas and Mindanao. 


In the last quarter of 2021, Converge finished its much-talked about digital highway, completing both the in-land, and the subsea segments of the project. 


With the 1,800-km subsea cable project connected to the 90,000-km+ domestic fiber backbone, Converge can now serve more underserved and unserved areas in the country.Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus C. Romero receives the Outstanding Wireline and/or Wireless ompany wrd on behalf of Converge, stating it is not just acompany ament but a source of national pride as more underserved and unserved Filipinos now have access to superior broadband service.


About Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.

 Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (PSE:CNVRG) is the leading pure fiber data network and internet service provider in the country. It is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge is ISO 9001 and CE2.0 Certified.


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3:44 AM

Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

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Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol



Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol encourages Filipinos to live safe with many establishments slowly re-opening and allowing people to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles.


With the nationwide vaccination program in full force, Filipinos can slowly enjoy various activities such as more dining options as well as doing physical activities by going to the gym. However, health experts continue to remind everyone to not let their guards down even as we gradually go back to normal. 


As there are reports of new and potentially more contagious variants, everyone must remain vigilant through following established health protocols and getting vaccinated so we can all continue to live safe and prevent the cases from surging again.


That’s why when we do essential errands such as buying groceries, exercising outdoors, or simply going outside, disinfecting your hands and any surface you interact with goes a long way to ensure living safely for you and your family.


One way to prevent the spread of the virus is by always carrying a trusted rubbing alcohol brand that contains at least 70& alcohol solution whenever you go outdoors. 


Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, the alcohol recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), can kill 99.9% of common germs and bacteria starts to kill them on contact so that you can safely do the activities you love wherever you are. Defensil also provides up to 12 hours of protection upon constant use so that you are protected and do activities with ease.


Skin dryness from too frequent sanitizing will also not be a worry as Defensil has moisturizing properties and is hypoallergenic, giving you one less thing to worry about when going indoors. 


"We are 100% behind the government in their efforts to prevent further spread of the virus. Defensil encourages everyone to remain vigilant now more than ever and do our part in this fight towards eventually resuming our normal way of life by adhering to social Distancing and sanitation protocols, especially when doing essential errands outdoors," shared Nikko Cruz, Brand Manager of Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol.


For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.


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*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans






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