ePLDT Consolidates Position as Cloud Leader through its New Status as Consulting Partner with AWS

PhilippinesMartech Advisor — ePLDT, a subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telecom Company (PLDT), which provides digital solutions to leading telecom companies in Philippines, has achieved the status of Standard Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network (AWS/APN). Being a Standard Consulting Partner of AWS, ePLDT allows firms to design, develop, manage, and migrate their applications and workloads on AWS.


Philippines’ mobile wallet providers announce interoperability

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — Mobile money interoperability in the Philippines took a step forward with the successful integration of the digital payments mobile app of Paymaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), with Globe Telecom’s mobile money service GCash. It is seen to boost the local digital commerce ecosystem.


IPC, CloudSigma partner to offer secure cloud services in Philippines

PhilippinesBusiness Mirror — CLOUD services and data-center provider IP Converge Data Services Inc. (IPC) has struck a partnership deal with global Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider CloudSigma, allowing the companies to jointly offer scalable and secure cloud resources in the Philippines. This marks CloudSigma’s first foray into the Asian market.

IPC, CloudSigma partner to offer secure cloud services in Philippines

PLDT, Globe want competition probe over 700-MHz

PhilippinesTelecom Asia — Philippine operators PLDT and Globe are making another attempt to convince the government to reallocate a portion of the 700-MHz band to them, instead of leaving the entire band under the control of San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The operators have filed a request with the Philippine Competition Commission to probe SMC’s control over the band, arguing that it is anti-competitive, the Standard reported.


Philippine telco giants lag behind peers in Asia Pacific

PhilippinesBusiness Mirror — DESPITE the headwinds that the telecommunications industry will face this year, the overall outlook for the sector remains bright. Consumers, in particular, will likely benefit from the possible entry of a new market player that promises to provide Internet services with better quality than the incumbents.


PLDT may sue regulator, San Miguel over 700-MHz

PhilippinesThe Philippines’ PLDT has stepped up its efforts to coerce the nation’s government and telecom regulator to assign it a portion of the 700-MHz band, threatening to take the regulator and current 700-MHz holder San Miguel to court. PLDT’s head of regulator affairs Ray Espinosa told Fairfax Media that the company plans to start directly petitioning president Benigno Aquino III to reassign the spectrum.


NTT Com, PLDT partner on data center services

PhilippinesTelecom 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.


Impending Telstra-SMC partnership puts pressure on PH telecom

PhilippinesTelecom 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.


PLDT data center finished by Q2 2016

PhilippinesManila 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.


Alderney taps PLDT unit as data center provider

PhilippinesThe 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.


Local IP peering according to PLDT

PhilippinesTelecom 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.


PLDT Capital in $10M joint venture with US tech firm Phunware

PhilippinesTech 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.


PLDT gains AWS partner status, strengthens cloud portfolio

PhilippinesTelecom 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.


PLDT to provide fiber link for PHOpenIX

PhilippinesTelecom 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.


PLDT eyes Mindanao cable, from Philippines

PhilippinesManila 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.


How the Philippines Became Tech Startups’ New Source for Talent

PhilippinesHBR — 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.


PLDT eyes additional investment in Asia-US undersea cable

PhilippinesLEADING 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.


PLDT Building Eighth Philippines Data Center for $29M

PhilippinesPhilippine 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.


Video streaming startup iFlix gets US$30M funding ahead of Southeast Asia launch

PhilippinesAccess 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.


Rocket Internet to focus on ecommerce in Philippines with new PLDT joint venture

PhilippinesEcommerce 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).


PLDT HOME still the most dominant broadband, three times bigger than competition

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 Com forms cloud partnership with the Philippines’ largest telco

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.


Broken sea cables cause web speed woes in Philippines – and the misery isn’t going to end soon

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.