In a bid to ramp up data and broadband services, PLDT reported its target to complete three key information and communications technology (ICT) projects in Mindanao by September.
The Manny V. Pangilinan-led telecom will be opening its fourth cable landing station, eighth data center and Innolab (innovations laboratory), all in Davao City.
Data and broadband revenue continues to become a major driver for the company, making up 38 percent of total revenues for its consumer group and 58 percent for its enterprise group for the first half of the year.
“We are putting in our collective efforts to provide Visayas and Mindanao a solid ICT foundation, to help boost the regions’ businesses and growing industries” said PLDT EVP and ePLDT president and CEO Eric R. Alberto. “It is within our short and medium term mission to accelerate the necessary investments to help build and strengthen the regions’ enterprises.”
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The cable landing station in Davao will be linked to three other existing gateways of the PLDT Group’s network in Nasugbu (Batangas), Bauang (La Union) and Daet (Camarines Norte). This station also connects Mindanao to PLDT’s international managed network that has points-of-presence in Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and United Kingdom.
The project aims to improve the latency and connectivity of consumers in the region.
Meanwhile, the Innolab facility will serve as a hub for technology services and innovations, in the form of software or hardware that may be used by local consumers, especially beneficial to IT students and programmers.
The eighth data center will serve like the company’s other data centers nationwide, securing critical information for local enterprises. PLDT aims to increase its rack capacity by more than 9,000 by 2017 with 10 data centers in total.