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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manila Standard Today — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. said it is in talks with foreign partners to build a new international cable landing station in Mindanao as part of its network expansion. “We are in discussion with the new one. We would like to have something in Mindanao because we already have three landing stations in Luzon,” PLDT president and chief executive Napoleon Nazareno said.
HBR — Fifteen years ago, Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines was a former military base still dotted with barracks built in World War II. Thanks to an aggressive privatization and conversion program, Bonifacio Global City — as the base is known today — is a modern, bustling financial district lined with blocks of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and luxury condos. The Southeast Asia city’s rapid growth echoes the story of the so-called “unicorns” — technology start-ups that rapidly grew to a billion-dollar valuation and beyond. So far, 2015 has produced 30 unicorns.
LEADING telecommunications provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said it is targeting to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a consortium of telcos on its plan to invest between $50 million and $100 million on a second Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system and that it plans to construct a new cable landing station either in Daet, Camarines Sur or in Batangas. The telecom provider looking at “Asia-America Gateway (AAG) number 2 cable, but we’re still in the planning stage,” Genaro Sanchez, PLDT vice president for international network, said in a phone interview.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) announced it will contruct an eighth data center in the country at a cost of nearly $29 million. The data center will accommodate around 1,200 rack equivalents bringing its total capacity to more than 8,000. The five-story data center will be constructed in the Clark Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Pampanga, located in the Central Luzon region. PLDT has planned IT hubs there, which the data center will serve, in addition to regional businesses in general. The data center is also positioned to meet disaster recovery requirements.
Access to a whole new range of streaming movie and TV content is one step closer to viewers in Southeast Asia, as internet media startup iFlix has successfully completed a US$30 million funding round. iFlix’s parent company Catcha Group and telco Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company led the round. The funds will be used towards the continued rollout of the service throughout Southeast Asian territories, as well as acquiring the rights to more content and producing original content.
Ecommerce giant Rocket Internet and Philippine telco PLDT are on a roll. The partners are setting up another joint venture, this time for online business development in the Philippines. This comes just two weeks after the duo signed an agreement to form a 50-50 venture for online and mobile payment solutions, with a focus on emerging markets. In a joint statement today, Rocket and PLDT said they will set up the Philippines Internet Group (PHIG).
MANILA, Philippines – Leading telecommunications and multimedia services provider PLDT, through its home digital services group PLDT HOME, has maintained its leadership in fixed broadband with a 70% market share at the end of the third quarter of 2014, more than triple that of its nearest competitor. PLDT HOME has remained the preferred broadband provider in the country with consistent double-digit increases in broadband subscribers as it grew a robust 18% at the end of September from its year-ago level, bringing its total broadband subscriber base to nearly one million.
NTT Communications Corporation has partnered with the Philippines’ largest telecommunication company, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to provide Enterprise Cloud. Enterprise Cloud, which enables enterprises to virtually access their individualised customer portal to configure virtual data centres, is offered via multiple servers in multiple international locations, including Japan, US, UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. PLDT will provide globally standardised IaaS services combining Enterprise Cloud and its own network services for Philippine-based enterprises.
Even more people than usual in the Philippines are bemoaning their woeful internet speeds right now. Philippine telco company PLDT, which is the country’s largest broadband ISP, is currently hit by a slow-down that’s affecting many of its subscribers nationwide. This is following the reported breaks in two internet fiber lines in the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN). The telco company explained what’s happening in a post to Facebook late last week.