PLDT and Smart EVP & Chief Revenue Officer and ePLDT President and CEO Eric R. Alberto (2nd from left) with (L-R): SVP and Head of PLDT and SMART Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez, PCCW Global Chief Executive Officer Marc Halbfinger, and PCCW Global SVP for Global Data Sales and Presales Frederick Chui
PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, recently renewed its partnership with international telecommunications provider PCCW Global, expanding more innovative voice solutions to local enterprises of all sizes. PCCW Global’s solutions are available in over 30 countries.
While PLDT remains the country’s leader in providing its customers the latest in voice technology from analog to VoIP, the new partnership enables the telco to offer a quick, go-to-market solution for the Philippines, leveraging on PCCW Global’s coverge across continents. The trend in voice and collaboration technology is rapidly evolving as the market demands for simple, scalable, and secure solutions with fast deployments and flexible business models.
“Today is a celebration of partnerships and friendships. A lot of the things we want to do cannot be done without our partners, and PCCW is one of our most important ones. We are very privileged to be in such close partnership with a global brand and we look forward to forging this relationship even further,” said SVP and Head of PLDT and SMART Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez.
In 2014, the two teamed up to undertake an expansive international fiber optic project—the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1), a 25,000-km undersea network system connecting Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe.
The submarine cable system connects the Philippines to 17 countries, including France, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Djibouti, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Hong Kong—attracting continuous investments in the BPO sector over the last four years.
In 2016, PLDT and PCCW forged an IPX multi-service interconnection agreement that improved voice and data connectivity between the Philippines and Hong Kong.
“We at the PLDT Group have always admired PCCW. You’re a force to reckon with in the region, and certainly a global player that has gone through an enviable digital transformation journey that a lot of our partners in the industry want to emulate. The signing that we have today helps us fulfill our aspiration as we take another step forward into becoming the trusted digital solutions provider in the Philippines,” said PLDT & Smart EVP & Chief Revenue Officer and ePLDT President & CEO Eric R. Alberto.
“Our long-standing partnership with PLDT now enables businesses of all sizes in the Philippines to benefit from the advantages of unified communications, a technology that connects global teams for enhanced collaboration and faster business decision-making processes, while simultaneously reducing both travel and telecommunications expenses. We are honored that PLDT has selected us as partners to roll-out this strategic initiative,” said PCCW Global Chief Executive Officer Marc Halbfinger.