142 years of strong connections: How Eastern is changing the Philippines’ telecom ecosystem

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Sponsored The telecoms ecosystem in the Philippines is a fascinating one, as the Southeast Asia country looks to capitalise on burgeoning digital infrastructure.

According to a report from BuddeComm earlier this month, the coming years will see most telecom investment in the Philippines focused on supporting fibre infrastructure in urban areas. The report also states that ‘a continuing interest in new data centre builds is expected as well as augmenting existing capacity.’

The country is one of the emerging tech nations in Asia as the government invests in widening the reach of ICT in the Philippines with a sum of $105m budget for 2020. Of the amount, $22m is being used to install free Wi-Fi in public places, $5.6m is allotted for Wi-Fi facilities in state universities and colleges, while $3.9m is for the National Broadband Plan.  

One of the Philippine telco providers is Eastern Communications. The company has been in business for 142 years as one of the premier telecommunications companies in the Philippines, commissioned by the Spanish government to provide the country’s first telegraphic services.

“Being in the industry for more than a century is a milestone for us,” said Eastern Communications co-ordinator atty. Aileen Regio. “We witnessed the transformation of communication services and we took it as a challenge to adapt to the technological revolution and provide better solutions to businesses.”

Today, Eastern takes pride in being the first Philippine telecommunications company to receive the ISO 9001:2015 certification, showing its adherence to high quality standards and superior processes. The company has for years been the preferred solutions provider of various industries in the Philippines, such as ICT and software development, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, banking and finance, as well as government institutions.

Alongside high-speed global data services and cybersecurity offerings, Eastern looks to secure data centre and cloud services as a differentiator. This can certainly be seen as an area for success, with a continuing interest in new data centre builds observed as a general trend in the BuddeComm report.

Looking at the most recent analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) in May, the Philippines ranked 11th out of 14 APAC nations analysed, down two places from 2018. The report lauded the country’s strong support for the use of cloud through the government’s cloud-first policy, first launched in January 2017, but reasoned that the Philippines ‘must craft clear and practical guidelines to guide agencies in adopting cloud computing’, as well as improve connectivity nationwide.

For Eastern Communications, the company believes that in a highly digital world, strong and reliable connectivity and ICT solutions bring innumerable advantages – and for the coming years when digital transformation has already become an integral part of our daily lives, the company is looking forward to providing strong connections to more businesses outside their borders.

“We’ve seen that businesses require more than just connectivity to thrive in the digital age and this is what pushed us to evolve into a full-service provider of world-class telecommunications services,” said Hermi Hizon, Eastern Communications co-coordinator. “With our network composed of reputable international partners, our clients are assured of achieving efficient and secure operations with our quality services.”

To learn more about Eastern Communications’ services, visit eastern.com.ph.

Photo by Krisia Vinzon from Pexels. Inline picture credit Eastern Communications

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