NTT Communications Corp. (NTT Com), the ICT services and international communications business within the NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), says it will supply PLDT (NYSE: PHI; PSE: TEL) of the Philippines with 100-Gbps connectivity on the former's Tier 1 global IP backbone. PLDT will use the capacity to improve internet services for residential and enterprise customers. This includes an improved ability to handle traffic spikes as well as to scale services to meet growing bandwidth demands.
"Strengthening our connectivity with NTT Com's industry-leading Tier 1 IP backbone provides a solid foundation for PLDT and our customers to adopt new business models that will enable all to transform digitally and to connect the Philippines with the global market seamlessly," said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT. "We chose NTT Com because of our longstanding strategic partnership that goes back many years. NTT Com has been a leader in the global telecoms space, having made significant investments in network infrastructure and the delivery of highly reliable services."
The NTT Group has been a strategic partner of PLDT since 2000; NTT DOCOMO and NTT Com own approximately 20% of PLDT's outstanding common stock as of the end of June 2016.
"Higher speeds translate to faster data transmission and thus, improve efficiencies for PLDT and its customers," Pangilinan added. "Coupled with PLDT's initiatives to expand and upgrade its access and transport networks, this network infrastructure enhancement will definitely help PLDT improve internet services in the Philippines."
NTT Com's Global IP Network Service provides high-speed, high-capacity IP connectivity across Asia, North and Latin America, Europe, and Oceania (see, for example, "NTT Communications adds 100G to PC-1 submarine fiber cable").
"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," said Hideaki Ozaki, president and CEO of NTT Com Asia Ltd. "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."
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