• Telcos help SMEs boost their business

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    SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) give invaluable contributions to the growth of the Philippine economy. They stimulate domestic demand through innovation, job creation and competition, making them a driving force behind a resilient national economy and a stable society.

    Technology plays a big role in sustaining this growth.

    Major telecommunication operators such as the Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Globe Telecom Inc. are constantly creating innovations and new services to help SMEs boost their business operations.

    “To gain a competitive edge, SMEs need to invest in technology,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, first vice president and head of PLDT SME Nation.

    The telecommunications giant, through its enterprise arm, PLDT SME Nation, has upgraded its current line of PLDT myDSL Biz packages, loaded with latest tech gadgets and cloud solutions. These are powered by faster connectivity speeds for the use of SMEs.

    “We are offering superior business solutions to help entrepreneurs bring their business online, streamline their operations, enabling them to connect better and faster to their suppliers and their global counterparts,” Abelarde said.

    The company said the new myDSL Biz now offers faster connection speeds ranging from 4 megabytes (Mbps) per second to 15 Mbps, with guaranteed minimum speeds of up to 1.6 Mbps, static Internet Protocol addresses, a Biz Box modem that enables wifi connectivity for multiple users and a Sun third generation dongle for backup connectivity. A dongle is a portable device that enables a user to connect to the Internet at anytime and at any place. It functions as a modem but is connected to devices via USB.

    “Our partnership with Samsung ensures that SMEs can now enjoy cutting-edge technology devices, elevating their business experience to a whole new level. Samsung is the ideal partner in providing seamless, fully customized business packages, all tailor-fit for SMEs,” Abelarde said.

    PLDT said that business owners can now choose from the new myDSL Biz plans: PLDT myDSL Biz Pro,Boost; Elite; Max; Max Plus; and Max Turbo.

    “Our mission and vision is really to provide domestic and global reach for every entrepreneur out there. And we hope we can do this and we address the aspirations of SMEs and their goals and needs, we do these through a pervasive education campaign we do everyday,” said Christian Lim, category head for data solutions of PLDT SME Nation.

    Through its SME business unit, PLDT SME Nation is helping small businesses modernize their operations and enhance their competitiveness through fixed and mobile connectivity and ICT solutions.

    PLDT currently serves over 60,000 SME businesses across the country.

    “Time and again we have seen the Filipino shine in the global arena—whether in fashion, film, creative design and sports. The country is definitely full of world-class talent and promising potential. However, we see that the challenge now is that SMEs do not have the tools that would allow them to expand their businesses globally,” Abelarde said.

    Boost competitiveness
    PLDT offers services that help SMEs to boost their competitiveness through the following services:

    ACCESS Solutions – Enable business with a robust and high-speed connectivity through: Business landlines, managed PABX solutions (VOX), business-grade Internet (myDSLBiz), dedicated Internet access (iGate), and private networking solutions (IPVPN), and wireless voice and broadband solutions from SMART and Sun Cellular.

    OPTIMIZATION Solutions – Expand business and market reach through: hardware (smart devices, notebook PCs), collaboration tools like Office 365 or Google Apps for Business, create your own web presence, and improve web security.

    EFFICIENCY Solutions – Empowers business with higher efficiency and lower cost through general business applications like Video Monitoring, HR & Payroll, Accounting, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and group messaging (Netcast/MessageCast).

    PROFITABILITY Solutions – Equips business with the competitive edge through industry-specific applications like Point of Sale (POS), Asset Tracking, Bus eReservation, Inventory Management, Franchise Management, Electronic Medical Records, and SAP B1.

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