Eastern Communications to invest P900-M for network modernization program

Eastern Communications is spending P900 million as part of its network modernization program this 2018.

Continuing its vision of providing the Philippine market with innovative services and a faster, more reliable internet connection, the expenditure will fund Eastern Communications’ network coverage and capacity expansion, as well as its network resiliency, security, and efficiency programs in Metro Manila, CALABAR, Central Luzon, and Metro-Cebu.

“Our network modernization program will go towards the provisioning and migration of Eastern Communications’ Internet and Data Services onto higher capacity, more resilient, better secured, and fiber-based Internet and Data Services Networking solutions. Our vision is to continue on the path of progress and ensure we deliver high tech and high touch service to our customers, especially to emerging businesses,” shared Senior Vice President-Network Services Division, Mr. Albert L. Tuason.

The plan includes the migration of services to a more stable integrated voice service platform and network improvements for better resiliency and service availability; expansions in its transmission system, access network and fiber network, refreshing its IP network and the widening of its international network and peering partners.

These upgrades will result in faster, more reliable, better secured, and competitively-priced Internet and Data services that will answer the current needs of industries in Eastern Communications’ focus areas such as emerging businesses, the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, and the IT sector, among others.

Answering the government’s call to support emerging businesses, which currently constitute about 99.6 percent of the country’s business landscape, Eastern Communications aims to provide enhanced technology that is affordable and accessible to emerging businesses.  

They are also upgrading their bandwidth to address the increasing connectivity demands of different industries in the country. For example, the BPO sector, projected to become a $40-billion industry by 2022 based on a 16% annual growth rate, is looking for better bandwidth to enable faster transactions in high volumes, creating a satisfying customer experience while lowering marginal costs.

The program also aims to deliver a more secure connection as the country’s businesses remained vulnerable to cyber attacks. Microsoft ranked the Philippines as the 8th most vulnerable country to malware in Asia-Pacific; while the FBI identified he country as the 10th most attacked one in the internet globally.    

A key component of the modernization plan is the creation of a network resilient to the cyber threats and security issues that are besetting the Philippine cyberspace. The network security upgrade is the company’s initiative to help improve cybersecurity in the country and ensure the safety of its customers in terms of privacy and network integrity.

This year’s P900 million capital expenditure is an addition to the P2 to 3 billion it has already invested over the past two to three years, Eastern Communications shared.

The company is pushing forward in its vision to become an even stronger player in the market.  Aside from the modernization of its networks, Eastern Communications also launched its Our Strong Connection Campaign, which focused on bringing back the human connection in the business of communications technology.

Last year, they also launched their Internet Direct Service (IDS) and Fiber1 offerings, designed to cater to both small office and home office businesses and corporate clients, all done to stay true to their unique brand of being both “high tech and high touch”.

For more information on Eastern Communications and its products and services, visit eastern.com.ph

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