Philippine telecom company PLDT has expressed its strong commitment to bolstering digital transformation in the Philippines, by supporting state efforts to enhance the country’s digital architecture.
PLDT has consistently invested in its networking services and infrastructure, and network-related initiatives took up a significant percentage of the P89 billion the company spent in 2021.
However, a new competitor has recently disrupted the duopoly in the Philippines’ telecommunications market. While the market is traditionally dominated by Globe Telecom and PLDT, DITO Telecommunity Corp. has broken into the market.
Following its entry into the telecom industry in March, DITO has ramped up its investments in both 4G and 5G availability: according to Internet speed monitoring firm Ookla, DITO already had the best 4G availability in the Philippines across January to March in 2022, with a total score of 91.2%.
DITO has also affirmed its ambition to scale up its operations and effectively compete with the other major players in the Philippines telecom industry.
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Hence, to remain competitive and relevant, PLDT has also stepped up key investments in data centres and critical cable lines. For instance, the company is spending up to P13 billion to set up its 11th data centre named VITRO Sta. Rosa, with 100 MW of capacity, and has also invested in the Jupiter cable system to triple PLDT’s international capacity from 20 terabits per second to 60 terabits per second.
Earlier in April 2022, PLDT announced its successful deployment of Segment Routing over IPv6 (SRv6) on its commercial network, which enhances network efficiency in delivering 5G connection. PLDT piloted SRv6 to serve users in digital hub Metro Manila, becoming the first Philippine telco to achieve that milestone in bolstering 5G connectivity.
In a press statement sent to local media, President and Chief Executive Officer of PLDT, Alfredo Panlilio, affirmed the company’s support for the state’s digitalisation push.
“Recognizing the importance of public and private sector collaboration in accelerating digital transformation, PLDT supports the government’s mandate to continuously improve the availability and performance of digital services in the country.”
Panlilio added that PLDT’s investments would also create the crucial infrastructure necessary to galvanise digitalisation in the Philippines, saying that “these world-class infrastructures will build and drive the hyperscale ecosystem, which is a key economic ambition of the country.”
“We are committed to work with both public and private sectors to empower Filipinos with digital innovations that unlock and share their infinite potential.”
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