• APEC to get 8.5Gbps PLDT connection


    TELECOMMUNICATIONS and digital services provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is boosting internet connectivity for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which will be held in Manila next week.

    PLDT has installed facilities to provide up to 8.5 Gbps of internet connectivity and voice solutions needed in major conference venues and host hotels for the 8,000 delegates expected to attend the APEC meetings.

    The telecommunications giant provisioned the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Complex where the important  meetings will be hosted with 3Gbps of fiber connectivity and 100 units of carrier-grade access points to provide seamless delivery of Wi-Fi connectivity for all guests.

    The World Trade Center, which serves as the press center for local and international media, has also been connected with an I-Gate service that will serve the connection requirements of the different organizations covering the different conferences.

    “We are one with the government in ensuring the success of these important dialogues, and in demonstrating the country’s readiness to host a major conference like the APEC.

    We have ensured that our facilities in the APEC venues will support the connectivity requirements of the conference delegates,” said PLDT president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno.

    Aside from the major venues, PLDT has also boosted the Wi-Fi services in major hotels in Makati — where most of the APEC delegates, heads of state and economic leaders are staying — to speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

    These include the Makati Shangri-La, Fairmont, New World Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, The Peninsula Manila, Dusit Thani, and Raffles Makati.

    Other hotels in Manila that will be enjoying boosted Wi-Fi services include EDSA Shangri-La, Diamond Hotel, Manila Hotel, Sofitel, Century Park Hotel, and New World Manila Bay, as well as Solaire Resort and Casino and the Marriott Hotel in Pasay.

    Metro Manila will host several high-level meetings this November including the Concluding Senior Official’s meeting on the 13th and 14th, and the APEC Ministerial Meeting on the 16th and 17th.

    The APEC Summit will culminate on November 18 and 19 at the PICC for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, with US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping having confirmed their attendance.

    MARIA LAURA ANGELES Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to represent him, while Indonesian President Joko Widodo will be represented by his trade minister.


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