05 January 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Philippines operator PLDT has signed a deal with Huawei to improve service delivery for its wireless operations, including the Smart, Sun and TNT brands.
PLDT, which competes with Globe in the telecoms duopoly in
the Philippines, said the move is part of a "massive capital
expenditure programme" that will cost more than $1 billion in
The programme will see "continuing overhaul of its fixed and
wireless networks infrastructure and its information technology
systems", said PLDT.
The Huawei contract is small in relation to the whole $1
billion budget – just $28.5 million – but
PLDT said it would "enable PLDT group’s wireless
services under the brands PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT to become
much more agile, efficient and resilient in developing and
delivering a growing array of digital services", according to
PLDT chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan.
As a result, PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT will be able to offer
more personalised offers and rewards for their customers, said
the company. PLDT’s wireless services will also be
able to offer bundled services more quickly and efficiently, it
PLDT and Globe both face imminent
competition from a third operator in the Philippines
market. In November 2017 the government named China Telecom as
its preferred partner – to work with a local company
– for a third licence. Two Philippines companies,
PT&T and state-owned TransCo, are in contention for the 60%
PLDT group chief business transformation officer Victorico
Vargas said: "This is part of our broader effort to overhaul
our IT systems so that we can leapfrog our ability to deliver
best-in-class wireless services."