• UK telco CBNL seeks partnership with PH firms

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    UK-BASED wireless backhaul and access solutions provider Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) is looking to pursue partnerships with local telecommunications giants.

    CBNL vice president Kurian Manjakkal told reporters on the sidelines of the UK Telecommunications and Broadcast Mission hosted by the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) that the Philippines being an archipelago is a prime location for prospective telecommunications investment.

    “It is the geography (of the Philippines) and how it is scattered all across multiple islands that makes it a good investment destination,” Manjakkal said during his visit to the country last week to survey the climate for possible investments.

    He said that linking the islands all over the archipelago through fiber optic cables is a challenge and that is where CBNL’s expertise in telecommunications technology comes in.

    “We know that linking fiber cables all across the country is a big challenge and I see that as an opportunity,“ Manjakkal said.

    Manjakkal said CBNL is in advanced level of talks with telecommunications giants Philippine Long-Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom (Globe) and expects to roll out joint ventures in the next 45 months or so.

    He said CBNL is carefully studying the best way to enter the Philippine market and ensuring the best possible partnerships with the right companies.

    “It is about understanding the way to go into the market and partnering with the right people,” Marjakkal said.

    Manjakkal noted that the ballooning demand for mobile data and the surging number of cell phone users in the Philippines are indicators that the Philippines is forging a good climate for investments in telecommunications.

    CBNL is present in over 30 countries, offering telecommunications technology solutions such as mobile backhaul, small cell backhaul, enterprise access and ISP networks.

    The company’s headquarters is in Cambridge in the UK and CNBL has international offices in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Dubai and manufacturing facilities in China.

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