PLDT, NTT Com to boost intl connectivity

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THE country’s leading telecom and digital services provider PLDT Inc. has tapped the services of NTT Communications Corp. (NTT Com) to boost international connectivity through the latter’s 100 Gbps technology.

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Manuel Pangilinan, chairman and chief executive officer of PLDT, said that the partnership with NTT Com, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, will strengthen PLDT’s global network infrastructure by leveraging the 100 Gbps connectivity powered by NTT Com’s Tier 1 Global IP backbone.

“This ultra-high capacity will help PLDT improve internet speed for both individual and enterprise customers,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

According to global statistics reports, the Philippines, along with the rest of Asia, has seen an upsurge in demand for international bandwidth, with a significant 300 percent growth over the last four years.

Pangilinan said that strengthening connectivity with NTT Com’s industry-leading Tier 1 IP backbone provides a solid foundation for PLDT and its customers to adopt new business models that will enable all to transform digitally and to connect the Philippines with the global market seamlessly.

NTT Com’s Global IP Network Service provides high-speed, high-capacity IP connectivity covering Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania.

As a pioneer of the industry, NTT Com successfully deployed the world’s first 100Gbps digital coherent technology on the company’s transpacific submarine cable system PC-1 and Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE) in 2013 and 2014, respectively, to support the ever growing high-bandwidth data demand globally.

The NTT Group has been a strategic partner of PLDT since 2000 with NTT DOCOMO and NTT Com owning approximately 20 percent of PLDT’s outstanding common stock as of end-June 2016.

Hideaki Ozaki, president and chief executive officer of NTT Com, Asia Limited, said: “In this increasingly connected world, bandwidth has become a critical accelerator for business and individuals, which is the reason why we continually invest in upgrading our network technology and infrastructure.”

“We believe the enhanced connectivity for PLDT will largely increase its capacity in handling the anticipated massive explosion of data driven by the rise of disruptive technologies such as Cloud, Big Data, IoT and video streaming,” he added.

With the 100Gbps ultra-bandwidth connectivity, PLDT will be able to handle traffic bursts and scale-up faster to accommodate subscriber demands.

Makati data center opens
Last week, PLDT officially opened its VITRO Data Center in Makati City, the biggest of its kind in the country.

Set up by PLDT subsidiary ePLDT, the data center sits on a nearly two-hectare property with 3,600-rack capacity – designed to service a wide range of organizations, particularly those handling vital data such as banks, business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, IT and content providers and government institutions.

It is equipped with systems and facilities to guarantee continuous operations, ensuring that businesses can utilize robust and scalable digital infrastructure, as well as world-class 24/7 technical support capabilities.

To address the growing concern over digital security, VITRO Makati offers one of the most secure and impenetrable structures in the Philippines with an eight-layer security design, guaranteeing that data and applications will always be protected.

VITRO Makati also serves as a carrier-neutral Internet Exchange facility that provides numerous IP peering services, enabling access to local and international content.

In addition, VITRO Makati is also a Nexcenter-certified facility, allowing its clients to use globally standardized Nexcenter services of world leader NTT Com at some 140 locations in 84 cities of 19 countries, in addition to NTT Com’s Arcstar Universal

The PLDT Group now operates seven data centers all over the country with a total rack capacity of nearly 7,000 to serve the needs of small, medium, and large enterprises across various industries, including banking, financial services, outsourcing, telecoms, and gaming.

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