PLDT Global partners with SoftBank Corp. for “SmartInternet Suite Ether”, scaling up enterprise clients in Japan

December 14, 2020

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PLDT Global Corporation (PGC), the international arm of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco PLDT, has strengthened its partnership with Japan-based carrier SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) to provide a stable and secure internet service for small, medium, and large enterprise clients in Japan. 

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.

Under this partnership, PLDT Global will offer SoftBank’s “SmartInternet Suite Ether”, which is an internet connection service that can help businesses address their needs for a higher-grade internet environment that suits diverse work styles and evolving business areas.

Aside from that, SmartInternet Suite Ether also allows businesses to access a customer portal that will help them manage and monitor their internet service and usage, apart from providing stable traffic and secure, low latency and efficient internet connection. It will also allow clients in Japan to directly connect with major telco carriers, ISPs, and content providers.

SoftBank Corp.’s Global Business Division Vice President Norioki Sekiguchi and PLDT Global’s Chief Commercial Officer Albert V. Villa-Real hold a virtual signing ceremony to signify the partnership between the two global firms.

“Internet connectivity is the foundation of our digital economy. We have been focusing on supporting digital ecosystems needed by our customers and we are excited to partner with SoftBank to achieve this purpose. This partnership is part of a broader PLDT Group initiative to improve customer experiences in and outside of the Philippines,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, President and CEO of PLDT Global.

“Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we’re extremely pleased to be partnering with PLDT Global to bring SmartInternet Suite Ether to even more customers. This is just the first step of our collaboration, and we look forward to creating new opportunities together.” said Norioki Sekiguchi, Vice President of Global Business Division, Enterprise Business Unit, SoftBank Corp.

About PLDT Global

PLDT Global Corporation (PGC) is a technology services company that provides high-quality communications infrastructure and innovative platforms to its global network of carriers, enterprise customers, and distribution partners enabling them to achieve their desired connectivity, reach, and market relevance.

About SoftBank Corp.

Guided by the SoftBank Group’s corporate philosophy, “Information Revolution – Happiness for everyone,” SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) combines telecommunications services with cutting-edge technologies to create and operate new businesses. SoftBank Corp. serves more than 46 million mobile consumer and enterprise subscribers in Japan, and as part of its “Beyond Carrier” strategy, is redefining industries by leveraging its unique strengths as a network operator to fully harness the power of 5G, big data, AI, IoT, robotics and other key technologies. To learn more, please visit www.softbank.jp/en/