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The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Inc. (PLDT) Group’s goal of serving its customers seems endless.

According to PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications President and CEO Al Panlilio, between 2017 and today they tripled their fiber footprint, more than doubled the number of homes they passed and the number of LTE base stations installed across the country , quadrupled. All of this has been underpinned by a capital investment of P460.8 billion over the past 10 years, which has increased this year to nearly P92 billion.

At a recent forum hosted by the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Panlilio announced that the company itself will roll out more 5G locations with Smart’s 5G network, which now has more than 4,000 locations across the country, adding, that both PLDT and Smart are continually deploying carrier-grade WiFi in more public areas and deploying satellite services in the most remote areas

With more than 511,000 kilometers to date, PLDT has the most extensive fiber optic infrastructure in the country, which also supports Smart’s mobile network, which now covers 96 percent of the population.

He reaffirmed the group’s commitment to achieving a future of digitally assisted Filipinos, providing world-class connectivity as a human right, asserting the Philippines as a key player in the global arena, and actively advocating sustainable development to secure the future of all.

Panlilio previously said that their fiber investments are critical and ongoing, adding that adding to their fiber expansion will expand their fiber installation and repair capabilities, as PLDT aims to cover 66 percent of the country by the end of the year. As of June 20, PLDT had converted more than 123,000 copper-based subscribers to fiber optic to provide access to high-speed Internet.

That investment, he said, will support increasingly connected societies, especially in the new normal where connectivity is driving the digital lifestyle.

On to the next normal

At the recent Asia Entrepreneurship Forum, business leaders and thought leaders discussed a number of pressing questions, including the need to bounce back from businesses and how to move towards long-term development.

The virtual forum with the topic “Great Reset: Towards a Sustainable Recovery” brought together the most important executives of the region from different areas to explore and exchange their strategies for preparing their organizations for the next normal.

Alexander Grenz, CEO of Allianz PNB Life, said that their success lies, among other things, in their agility or their ability to adapt quickly to changes in their environment and their industry.

Digitization, built by and around a diverse and well-educated workforce, enabled Allianz to recover rapidly across the Asia-Pacific region just a few months after the pandemic began. In the Philippines, Allianz PNB Life grew 67 percent. The company was able to achieve record sales in the first quarter of this year through the introduction of quality insurance on the Internet and its access for younger customers.

Grenz, together with two other senior executives who have specialized in building innovative social enterprises, emphasized the value of putting people at the center of the organization while at the same time keeping up with the times.

He traced the human-centered business down to the cultural aspect of belonging and working towards a common goal, although he emphasized the need to build a culture where people feel safe, empowered, trained and prepared as a team for the future.

According to Grenz, design and customer-centric thinking, as well as hiring people from different backgrounds, are the keys to empowering your employees.

Regarding their next step into the next normalcy, the CEO of Allianz PNB Life said that it is all about quick decisions and risk-taking in order to possibly fail and adapt on the way forward. The company intends to complete its digital ecosystem soon and welcome new talent to grow the company further while continuing to align with the group’s global agenda of achieving a fully sustainable investment portfolio and net zero carbon emissions by 2050 to reach.

Sam Wong, ASEAN market leader at Ernst & Young Singapore, meanwhile spoke about how people have priority over technology and that their processes and technologies revolve around their employees so that they can be more productive. It is not only about generating more work, but also about more capacity for change on an individual level. To do that, the company is doing a lot of sharing, investment, and training for its employees, he said.

For his part, Martin Chee, General Manager of IBM ASEAN, highlighted the importance of inclusivity and realizing the full potential of the emerging workforce, noting that the disruption can come from a place you don’t expect, and these are the ones who they will drive the future.

Now new leadership

Publicly traded telecommunications, media and technology company Now Corp. has made a number of organizational changes to prepare for the opportunities presented by new technologies and the anticipated global economic turnaround after the pandemic.

Mel Velasco Velarde was named chairman of Now Corp. elected and succeeds Thomas Aquino, who is now deputy chairman.

Henry Andrews Abes was also named President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors at a recent shareholders meeting. Abes brings 30 years of technology, telecommunications, broadband, online media and real estate experience, including serving as Head of SkyCable’s Residential Sales Group, Vice President and Head of Customer Operations at Nextel Communications Philippines Inc., and General Manager of PLDT Subic Telecom , as Corporate Sales Head of Wi-Tribe Telecom and as Vice President of Sales and Head of the DTSI Group (now NTT Ltd. Phils). Colin Christie was also elected to the board of directors, who held leading positions here and in the USA, including Executive Director of the Global Chamber Manila, Director of Digital Transformation at Enderun College and currently President of the Analytics Association of the Philippines.

Last February, two board members were elected, namely T. Bill Torres, who is believed to be the father of the Filipino Internet and former executive director of the National Computer Center, and Francis Manglapus, trustee of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication and former chairman of Prime Savings Bank.

At a special meeting on July 1, the Board of Directors of Now Corp. also Velarde and Abes, who were nominated and elected as directors of Now Telecom Co Inc. to fill the two board seats resulting from Now Corp.’s increased shareholding. result .in NTCI.

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