Local telco PLDT and US-based network gear maker Cisco ? two tech giants whose dominant market share has somewhat been diminished over the years ? have teamed up to deliver ?redefine networking experience? for the enterprise sector.
At a press event at the Ascott Hotel in Bonifacio Global City on Thursday, March 30, top executives from both companies promised to usher in a new era of connectivity for local firms.
To illustrate the significance of the partnership, PLDT enterprise head Jovy Hernandez said the tie-up will enable ?network transparency? that will allow local businesses to see for themselves the state of their connectivity.
?For the last 30 or so years, our customers had to contact us if they can?t connect to inquire if our system was down. Now, the customers themselves have the power to know if the system is down because the network transparency brought about by this partnership,? Hernandez said.
He added: ?Our collaboration with Cisco is just the first of many synergies we?re building to redefine the enterprise experience. PLDT is not just about giving fiber-fast connectivity, we aim to empower our enterprise customers with relevant, cutting-edge solutions that address today?s ever-changing and volatile business environment.?
PLDT?s initial collaboration with Cisco expands its portfolio of managed solutions by incorporating Cisco?s 4000 Series Integrated Service Routers to redefine wide-area networking, and catapulting branch connectivity performance to new heights by leveraging on Meraki, Cisco?s line of cloud controlled Wi-Fi, routing, and security solutions.
The two firms also agreed to collaborate on rolling out solutions ideal for businesses using Umbrella, Cisco?s endpoint security portfolio.
?The synergy arising out of our collaboration with Cisco allows our enterprise clients to enjoy greater value out of our combined strengths in the field of networking,? said PLDT chief revenue officer and ePLDT president Eric R. Alberto.
Alberto said that although Cisco is synonymous with high-end and premium networking products, he said the partnership will churn put offerings that will cater to different business sizes ? from SMEs to large enterprises.