Telecom Asia — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo will today commence providing mobile network consulting services to overseas mobile operators, starting with an arrangement in the Philippines. The operator has been contracted to provide network consulting services to Smart Communications, focused on improving and optimizing radio network quality in capital city Manila.
Tech in Asia — Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma says he never thought he’d someday stand in front of the world’s finest minds to talk about his dream. But today, he did just that in Manila, where leaders of 21 countries and executives of Fortune 500 companies gathered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
Telecom Asia — Japan’s NTT Communications has arranged to extend its data center business in the Philippines via a new partnership with local operator PLDT. The companies agreed on a collaborative partnership to provide NTT Com’s Nexcenter solutions in the Philippines and promote cross-selling. Under the agreement, Philippines corporations with international operations will be able to use NTT Com’s Nexcenter services at some 140 locations in 84 cities of 19 countries, in addition to its Arcstar Universal One private-network service, which is already available in the Philippines, the companies said in a statement.
Business Spectator — Telstra chief Andy Penn has revealed that the telco giant will spend up to $US1 billion if it goes ahead with its plans to launch a new mobile phone venture with beer and food giant San Miguel in the Philippines. Speaking at the telco’s annual investor day in Sydney today, Telstra boss Andrew Penn said the telco would not spend more than $US1bn to establish the joint venture with additional financing for the new operation coming from San Miguel and banks.
Telecom Asia — Last week, telco rivals PLDT and Globe each announced the launch of new broadband services, which both claimed could offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps in select areas. This scenario leaves little room for other players to gain an advantage, except those with the resources to invest in its own international submarine cable, landing station, backbone network, and spectrum.
Tech in Asia — Japan-based venture capital firm KLab Ventures’ investment activity will be taken up by new company KLab Venture Partners, it announced today. The VC, jointly owned by social and mobile gaming company KLab and Japanese financial services company group SBI, will continue supporting portfolio activities.
The Standard — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. plans to build a $40-million cable landing station in Mindanao that will be linked to the US and Japan. Eric Alberto, executive vice president of PLDT and president and chief executive of ePLDT, told reporters the new cable landing facility in Mindanao would be funded by a consortium of telecom companies in the region. “We’re looking at variety of consortium with the Indonesian, Brunei and Malaysian telcos that want to partner with us,” Alberto said. “We have two to three options, just finding or what is the feasible for us,” he added.
Manila Times — THE country’s leading telecommunication services provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) expects to complete its P1 billion data center in Makati in the second quarter of 2016. The data center is a project of PLDT’s information and communications technology subsidiary, ePLDT. PLDT started building the state-of-the-art data center in the Makati central business district earlier this year with an original target of completing construction by the end of 2015.
Manila Bulletin — Aside from the immediate issuance of its feed-in-tariff certificate of compliance (FIT-COC), Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corporation (TAREC) is batting for a speedy approval of its petition that shall allow it to recover investment costs on the grid connection facility underpinning its 54-megawatt San Lorenzo wind farm in Guimaras.
Business Mirror — The entry of Telstra Corp. Ltd. into the Philippines will prove to be a game changer in the country’s telecommunications landscape, as it will usher in reforms in the duopolistic market that has been receiving complaints of bad service from its stakeholders. From being a market that capitalizes on calls and texts, the telecommunications sector is now making money out of the Internet. Data, according to experts, is now the new gold, and traditional services are now a thing of the past.
The license, given by the British Channel Islands-based Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), makes IP Converge Data Services, Inc. (IPC) the first Asian firm to be an Internet data center and managed services provider in the low tax-regime island. “IPC’s partnership with the commission means that gambling companies licensed by Alderney can host their game servers through IPC,” IPC Director for Product Management and Marketing Niño Valmonte said in an e-mail reply yesterday.
Telecom Asia — Last month, the local telecom sector was abuzz about the signing of an agreement between PLDT and the Department of Science and Technology for the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX) to be hosted in ePLDT’s VITRO Data Center. PLDT is said to have donated 21 million pesos ($460,000) worth of fiber, rack space, and utility cost to locate a third PHOpenIX switch inside its facility for two years, free of charge.
MIS Asia — Industry experts gathered at the 2015 Philippine Cloud Summit to discuss the growing role of cloud technology and data analytics on local enterprises. The event was organized by the cloud computing and data center firm IP Converge Data Services, Inc. (IPC) at Makati Shangri-La on Wednesday (7 October 2015). It highlighted “The Enterprise Cloud Journey” and was divided into two parts: the morning consisted of talks for C-level executives and a workshop in the afternoon for technical leaders and managers.
Tech In Asia — PLDT Capital, the newly formed investment arm of Philippine telco giant PLDT, announced today it has invested US$10 million in a joint venture with US mobile services and applications company Phunware. The JV “will enable PLDT’s subsidiary ePLDT to market and exclusively distribute Phunware’s targeted mobile and multiscreen solutions in Southeast Asia,” PLDT Capital said in a statement.
Inquirer — DataOne Asia (Philippines) Inc. one of the country’s foremost IT managed services providers and the Philippines leading provider of ‘Managed Cloud Computing services’ for large and medium enterprise will host an important CIO briefing this coming Thursday morning October 1st at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati.
Manila Times — The Philippines is set to see major development as a hub for analytics — the method of finding meaningful patterns in data – as IBM pioneers an ecosystem in the country for producing analytics professionals to service the industry’s booming global demand. The New York-based multinational technology and consulting corporation is bullish about its investment prospects in the Philippines, emboldened by the country’s brisk economy and its rich, young pool of English-speaking IT talents.
Telecom Asia — PLDT, through its tech company, ePLDT, continues to bolster its enterprise solutions portfolio with its recent inclusion in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). PLDT has also expanded its participation in the APN by being named an APN Direct Connect Partner, making it the only telco in the country to gain this status, the company said.
Telecom Asia — The Philippines’ PLDT has secured a contract to provide fiber connectivity to the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX). The ICT Office of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has signed an agreement with the operator to establish fiber optic facilities linking PLDT with the exchange.
Telecom Asia — Telstra announced last week that it was in talks with San Miguel Corporation (SMC), a food and beverage company and the largest conglomerate in the country, on a possible joint venture to offer wireless telecommunications services in the Philippines. While this by no means should be seen as the solution to the laggard performance of Philippine internet, this partnership could serve to reinvigorate the telecom market and give the Filipino consumer a third choice.
Tech In Asia — “There’s a ton of bullshit in people’s CVs, especially about IT skills,” says Dann Angelo De Guzman, founder of Philippine startup CloudSwyft. This is a major problem for employers that CloudSwyft wants to solve. Dann says IT guys often oversell themselves or lie about their abilities. Unsuspecting employers who rely on paper resumes and in-person interviews discover this only when the candidates have been hired and are in action. The result: time and money wasted.