By James A. Loyola
EasyCall Communications Philippines, Inc., now controlled by the Delgado family, is stepping up its efforts to roll out data communications and satellite technology to bring connectivity to far-flung Philippine provinces.
In a statement, the firm said currently setting up (Very Small Aperture Terminal) VSAT installations in Zambales, Negros Occidental, Cavite, Bicol, Isabela, Iloilo and Cebu as part of its efforts to continue to improve the digital landscape of the Philippines.
Over the years, it has rolled out its EasyNet VSAT managed service to underserved and unserved provincial communities in Samar, Quezon, Iloilo, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Leyte and Antique.
“There is a critical demand for connectivity in far-flung cities and municipalities, especially in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies, for businesses with remote offices, and for efficient access to services,” said EasyCall President Zaki Antoni Delgado.
He noted that, “despite the complexities we are facing with the terrain and climate of the Philippines, VSAT can effectively deliver secure and reliable connectivity to these places, and enable progress and development.”
Following the grant of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) in 2016, the firm invested R25 million for the acquisition of additional equipment to support the continuing rollout of its data network in order to enhance service to existing and future customers.
EasyCall, who soared to market leadership in the 90s as a top provider of pagers, has since shifted direction after the onset of SMS and text messaging in the 2000s. From its active involvement in the IT-BPO industry over the past decade, it has turned to (VSAT) technology to bridge the digital divide in the country.
VSAT is a two-way satellite communications system that can transmit and receive data via remote terminals or hubs.
Over the past few years, EasyCall has developed expertise and infrastructure in an effort to provide opportunities for inclusive growth through access to reliable connectivity and internet access in unserved and underserved areas around the country.
“The need for connectivity is more important than ever, and we feel the responsibility to open up that possibility to millions of Filipinos who have limited connectivity access,” Delgado says.
Acquired by the Delgado family’s Transnational Diversified Group in 2001, EasyCall is a telecommunications company that is licensed by the National Telecommunications Commission.