Telco player expands market amid pandemic

Published June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

The pandemic is giving a Philippine telecommunication company an opportunity to grab market share from its well-entrenched rivals as vast swathes of the population remain stuck at home.

Converge ICT Solutions Inc., which specializes in fiber optic broadband services, saw a record jump in subscriptions in May, Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony Uy said in an email interview. New activations surged 150% from a year earlier to more than 50,000, driven by retail and corporate clients like call centers equipping their employees to work remotely, he said.

Converge is accelerating its expansion, and is recasting revenue, spending and subscriber growth forecasts to account for the uptick in demand, Uy said. PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. are looking to scale back spending this year amid delays in their network rollout.

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the telecommunication landscape in a country with a young, technology-savvy population and an increasing amount of services moving online. The Philippines is home to the world’s heaviest Internet users despite having one of the slowest connection speeds, according to a Hootsuite report.(Bloomberg)