Altimax Broadcasting Company
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Altimax Broadcasting Company (Altimax) is a media company co-owned by The Velarde Group and Bethlehem Holdings, Inc. (BHI, a subsidiary of the Globe Group Retirement Fund). Altimax's media businesses are direct-broadcast satellite (DBBS) and Multipoint Multichannel Distribution Service (MMDS) wireless cable TV and broadband.
|Industry||DBBS pay-TV service|
MMDS wireless cable TV and internet broadband
|Headquarters||Pasig City, Philippines|
Alberto de Larrazabal
|Owner||Bethlehem Holdings Inc. (Globe Group Retirement Fund) (39%)|
The Velarde Group (14%)
In 1999, The Velarde Group and its holding investment firm Velarde, Inc. (VI), led by former SkyCable executive vice president Mel Velarde, acquired Altimax Broadcasting Company and its broadcast assets. With this, Altimax was transformed into a wireless broadband service by applying two licenses to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC): Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBBS) two-way service license, and Multi-point Microwave Distribution Service (MMDS) license utilizing 48 MHz within the 2.5 GHz band. The two licenses were under the Provisional Authority (PA). Altimax's original headquarters were located at Espana Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila.
However, in 2005, NTC stopped and revoked Altimax's licenses amid questioning the PA and the providing services. Velarde sued NTC and, 2 years later, won the lawsuit which took legal protection for its licenses.
Acquisition by GlobeEdit
Bethlehem Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Globe Telecom's Group Retirement Fund (GRF), signed an agreement with Radio Mindanao Network for the acquisition of Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media (BEAM) in February 2009. 8 months later (October 2009), BHI also signed an agreement with Velarde/Altimax for the expansion of its MMDS/DBS wireless services.
In contrast, the Ayala-led BHI acquired 39% of its stake in Altimax (with Velarde keeping 14%; while the remaining stake would be under Globe's parent companies Ayala Corporation and SingTel) while taking the acquisition of BEAM's majority stake.
The licenses were revoked again by the NTC due to complaints from several cable companies and even the Philippine Cable Television Association (PCTA), as well as "unpaid revenues" questioned by Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Antonio Trillanes IV.
- Now Corporation (Now Telecom and NOWPlanet.tv)
- Mel Velarde's Biography
- Altimax bid for license extension rejected
- Globe Telecom's SEC filing (17-A)
- Globe buys into two broadcast firms | ABS-CBNNews.com
- Altimax license bid blocked by cable group | ABS-CBNNews.com
- Ayala group to offer pay-TV service in challenge to SkyCable, Cignal Archived 2014-08-21 at the Wayback Machine InterAksyon.com. January 7, 2014
- Globe keeping close watch on ABS-CBN as possible model for media venture Archived 2014-09-06 at the Wayback Machine InterAksyon.com. February 25, 2014