PLDT ALPHA launches Australian PoP

23 November 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) ALPHA has announced that it has extended its global network with the launch of a point of presence in Sydney, Australia.

PLDT AlphaThe reason? PLDT says it wanted to “cultivate nascent partnerships” as a result of its increasing collaboration with more foreign enterprises in “robust economies”.

Jovy Hernandez, FVP and head of PLDT ALPHA, said the Australian PoP complements existing PoPs in PLDT’s formidable network to maximise global connectivity: “As we push towards greater global expansion, we at PLDT recognize the enhanced levels of business interaction between the two countries and deeply value our strong, existing partnerships with Australian enterprises.”

The IT and business process management (BPM) sector has become a driving force for the Filipino economy and the industry is expected to close the year with $25 billion in revenues, with a 1.3 million-strong workforce.

For decades, PLDT has enabled IT-BPM organisations by supplying the crucial technologies needed to connect them globally. The leading telecom and digital services provider quickly expanded its global network, adding points of presence (PoPs) in the US West and East Coast, UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong, paving the way for optimised partnerships between Philippine business and international markets.

Australia is just one country increasingly looking to the Philippines for their BPM outsourcing requirements and as a result PLDT has launched its newest PoP in Sydney to better serve the Australian market.

Australia’s new senior trade commissioner Elodie Journet has congratulated PLDT: “On behalf of the Australian Embassy, we wish you every success with your global expansion and look forward to further engaging with you and identifying more opportunities for collaboration between PLDT and Australian innovative solutions.”

Eric R. Alberto, PLDT’s smart chief revenue officer, ePLDT president and CEO, added: “The launch of the new PoP site in a key economic market like Australia speaks to a new business model defining the global landscape – where contracts and agreements are decided by parties from different continents. Secure connections through a robust and highly-reliable network are therefore critical. We at PLDT are proud to establish these networks, as a trusted provider and partner in enabling modern enterprise.”

In August, GTT Communications and PLDT signed a correlative agreement to expand their respective global presence and service offerings. The Philippines operator is now leveraging GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network and its suites of services, which includes Ethernet, MPLS and VPLS.

Collaborating with PLDT enables GTT to enhance its reach in the Philippines and Southeast Asia with IP, Ethernet and MPLS services. This enhanced presence aligns with GTT’s recent expansion in the region, including the addition of services at its node in Sydney, Australia.

The announcement came after PLDT connected to NTT Com’s 100Gbps backbone in order to improve internet speeds for consumer and enterprise customers. Earlier in the year, PLDT had applied for a court gagging order against the Philippine Competition Commission about their review over the acquisition if San Miguel Coir’s telecoms assets and also expanded its commercial data centre operations.