PLDT partners with Japan’s SoftBank

Published December 14, 2020, 7:00 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

PLDT Global Corporation (PGC), the international arm of PLDT Inc., partnered with  SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) to provide internet services for small, medium, and large enterprise clients in Japan. 

Under the partnership, PLDT Global offers the Japan-based carrier’s “SmartInternet Suite Ether” for clients’needing a higher-grade internet environment for diverse work styles and evolving business areas.

The service also allows businesses to access a customer portal that helps them manage and monitor their internet service and usage.

PLDT Global Corporation and SoftBank Corp. executives hold a ceremonial event in Japan to commemorate the strengthening of their partnership for SmartInternet Suite Ether. From left: Mario Fujimoto, Country Manager of PLDT Japan; Junko Gokita, Carrier Data Business Manager at PGC; Norioki Sekiguchi, Vice President of Global Business Division, Enterprise Business Unit at SoftBank Corp. and other SoftBank Corp. members.

Clients in Japan can directly connect with major telco carriers, ISPs and content providers.

“Internet connectivity is the foundation of our digital economy,”  Katrina Luna-Abelarde, President and CEO of PLDT Global pointed out.

“We have been focusing on supporting digital ecosystems needed by our customers and we are excited to partner with SoftBank to achieve this purpose.”

The partnership is part of a broader PLDT Group initiative to improve customer experiences in and outside of the Philippines, she added.

“Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we’re pleased to be partnering with PLDT Global,” remarked Norioki Sekiguchi, Vice President of Global Business Division, Enterprise Business Unit, SoftBank Corp. “This is just the first step of our collaboration, and we look forward to creating new opportunities together,”  he concluded.