SkyCable forms broadband unit for enterprise market

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By Tom Noda Lopez-owned cable operator SkyCable has expressed confidence in getting a “fair share” of the P30-billion local enterprise broadband market with its newly launched business unit called SkyBiz, which offers new broadband services. [caption id="attachment_18337" align="aligncenter" width="546"]SkyBiz head Jon Arayata SkyBiz head Jon Arayata[/caption] According to SkyBiz head Jon Arayata, the new company will leverage on SkyCable’s advanced fiber-optic infrastructure to capture the growing enterprise data and networking solution market in the Philippines. Arayata said the formation of SkyBiz is timely as there is an emerging opportunity for corporate subscribers and tremendous growth in the SME (small and medium enterprise) market segment. “For the past three years, we’ve been building our infrastructure and strengthening our connectivity in the CBD (central business district) areas where enterprises are located,” Arayata said. “The enterprise data market is around P30 billion and most of it come from multi-national companies.” SkyBiz head of sales Dicky Liwanag said they are targeting to capture at least one-fourth of the market pie in the next five years. Liwanag said SkyBiz can compete well against the leading players by providing high-quality ?Pay TV? services to both consumer and corporate clients nationwide with its digital and HD entertainment services. Liwanag said SkyCable’s core competence is still in the consumer segment with 750,000 cable subscribers — around 80,000 of which are broadband subscribers — and more than 3,000 corporate customers which includes both multi-national companies and SMEs. Most of SkyCable’s corporate clients are in the service and hospitality industries such as hotels and restaurants. “We’re also starting to grow the BPO (business process outsourcing) and banking segment as well,” Liwanag said. [caption id="attachment_18339" align="aligncenter" width="430"]SkyBiz head of sales Dicky Liwanag SkyBiz head of sales Dicky Liwanag[/caption] The executive said SkyCable’s extensive fiber-optic network covers the whole Metro Manila and even extends to Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan where it also has cable operations. “We’ve also been getting cable companies in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Baguio,” he said. SkyBiz recently partnered with tech titan Cisco and is currently talking to UTStratcom and Singapore telco StarHub to further boost its enterprise broadband solutions. Arayata noted the Philippines is moving towards the so-called fiber-to-the-home broadband connections technology. “Fiber-to-the-home in the US is already a widespread service and we’re also heading there. What we’re trying to do now is extend our fiber reach near to the customer premise,” he said. For its cable broadband service, SkyBiz has put together three types of plans designed for small, medium or large business operations. ]]>

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