PLDT, Smart sign up Huawei for $28.5-M transformation project

Telecom firm PLDT and its mobile unit Smart Communications announced on Tuesday, Jan. 2, that it has picked Chinese network equipment maker Huawei for a $28.5-million initiative aimed at transforming its wireless service delivery platforms.

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The project is part of PLDT Group’s capital expenditure program for the continuing overhaul of its fixed and wireless networks infrastructure and its information technology systems which is expected to exceed P50 billion in 2018.

“Under the 15-month agreement, Huawei will improve Smart’s online charging platforms and electronic loading for prepaid subscribers,” added Ray C. Espinosa, PLDT Group chief corporate services officer.

“This involves consolidating similar applications for different brands under one system and streamlining business processes through a unified platform and simplified processes,” he said.

As a result, PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT will be able to offer more personalized offers and rewards for their customers. Its wireless services will also be able to offer bundled services more quickly and efficiently.

“This is part of our broader effort to overhaul our IT systems so that we can leapfrog our ability to deliver best-in-class wireless services,” said PLDT Group chief business transformation officer Victorico P. Vargas.

Huawei’s revenue management software solutions, including OCS (online charging system) and eLoad, enable the services of more than 1.7 billion subscribers at over 190 telcos across 107 countries.

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