PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has tapped solutions provider DelNet International Corp., (DelNet) to make its satellite services more accessible to Filipinos in the most remote areas around the world, whether on land and at sea, where standard mobile systems are not accessible.
Present during the contract signing between the two companies were Katrina Luna-Abelarde, president and CEO at PLDT Global Corp, Alice Ramos, vice president, international roaming and consumer business at Smart, and Klaas Oreel, CEO at DelNet.
“Smart has always been committed to serving the overseas Filipinos. This partnership allows us to continue offering the most relevant services to Filipinos across oceans so we could help them stay in touch with their love ones back home,” said Luna-Abelarde.
“This is another milestone for our company because we believe that together with Smart, we can expand maritime communication for seafarers via satellite onboard ships,” said Oreel.
Since 2013, Smart has been providing the maritime industry with reliable and affordable crew-calling solutions through its Marino Phonepal offering. With the new partnership, Smart will be able to reach more customers and expand its presence on ships of all sizes, thanks to DelNet’s far-reaching operations that have been addressing the needs of the maritime industry for 22 years.
Bolstering disaster preparedness and response efforts, DelNet will also help Smart in providing communication systems in remote areas in the Philippines during emergencies and calamities when cellular service is disrupted and unavailable.
“We are confident that Smart and DelNet together can build solutions to better serve Filipino seafarers. Beyond this and in light of seemingly increasing natural disasters affecting the most vulnerable, we are also looking towards developing awareness on the importance of satellite services during those times when communication aid can literally help save lives,” added Luna-Abelarde.