British telcos eye IT and media ventures

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REPRESENTATIVES of British telecommunications and information companies are now in the Philippines to explore projects and partnerships in the vibrant telecommunications and media sectors of the country.

“As the Philippines prepares for ASEAN integration, the quality and reliability of the information and communications technology infrastructure becomes an increasingly critical factor in business success,” said Iain Mansfield, director of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Manila.

UKTI is hosting the UK Telecommunications and Broadcast Mission on October 15 and 16.
Eleven British firms are joining, including British Telecoms (BT), Cambridge Broadband Network Ltd, Infobip, Case Communications, and Electronic Media Services.

The visiting British firms are scheduled to meet with government and private sector officials.


Mansfield said the British telecommunications firms are looking at investing in the country, like in partnering with local telecommunications companies. He said UKTI is not quite strong in terms of investments in the telecommunications sector of the Philippines.

“We are not strong in the Philippine telco sector yet,” Mansfield said. “This is the first mission we have lead in the last five years.”

Meanwhile, British Telecom (BT), a London-based communications services provider, is looking at further expanding its partnerships with telcos in the Philippines according to David Medallo, BT’s sales manager.

“We would want to build new partnerships with telcos,” Medallo told reporters at the sidelines of the mission reception Thursday. “We have global services that we like to re-sell to the (Philippine) market through our local channels like PLDT and Globe.”

Currently, PLDT and Globe carry BT’s conferencing solutions, but Medallo said BT is looking at expanding its product offering to the local telecommunication companies.

“We want to expand the (conferencing solutions) and make it video web, then probably on the voice side, international toll-free contact center platforms security,” Medallo said.

From 2009 to 2012, the number of digital companies in London increased by 76 percent, growing from 49,969 to 88,215.

Meanwhile, 27 percent of all job growth in London comes from the digital sector, with approximately 582,000 people now employed by the tech and digital sectors.

In 2010, London had a 75 percent increase in the number of ICT companies investing in London from overseas.

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