With a growing 44.2 million active internet users in the Philippines out of the 100.8 million population as of March 2015, the country’s small and medium business sector is more than ready for the Digital Age.
With mobile handsets exceeding the population and the country being known as one of the strongest users of social media worldwide, it would be an understatement to say that the Filipino consumers is active online.
Now, the question of the 800,000 strong small and medium enterprises is how do we reach out to that new online community and how can we maximize the technology we have to grow our businesses?
PLDT, Samsung, & Microsoft Collaborate for Philippine SMEs
In a recent press conference at City of Dreams Manila entitled “Growing your Business in the Digital Age”, PLDT SME Nation partnered with Samsung Philippines & Microsoft Philippines to create innovative business solutions that will enable entrepreneurs to run their business better, grow faster, be more globally competitive and engage with the country’s digital, social and mobile population.
In his welcome remarks, PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto highlighted the significance of the partnership saying, “This collaboration and synergy among today’s leaders in the telecommunications industry ushers in a new era of enablement for the small and medium enterprise market segment.“
3 Ingredients to Grow Your Business in the Digital Age
Here are 3 key points for Philippine SMEs on how to grow their business in this Digital Age:
SMEs can now enjoy the benefits of having PLDT SME Nation’s premium and faster fixed and wireless broadband solutions running on the latest fiber and LTE network.
- Unlimited Faster Speeds
These broadband offerings provide unlimited access which give entrepreneurs the ability to continuously conduct online activities without the fear of bandwidth throttling. The services also feature committed information rates or CIR, which guarantee minimum bandwidth speeds for businesses and a static IP used to power up their business websites and enable faster inter-office data transfers.
- Nation-widest Coverage
PLDT SME Nation also boasts of its robust network and nation-widest reach for its fixed, wireless and now satellite service, ensuring that entrepreneurs will have the best broadband service suited for their business wherever they are.
- Supercharged and flexible bundles
Lastly, these new broadband packages come with supercharged flexible freebies ranging from relevant and business enabling Cloud Solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 and PLDT Cloud apps for video monitoring, infrastructure and more.
Latest Smart Devices
The premium smart devices are care of Samsung‘s latest products and technology gadgets from mobile phones to laptops, to desktop machines. SMEs will be able to get for free and choose the latest array of smart devices from Samsung Philippines including Samsung ATIV Book 2, Samsung Tablets, and Samsung Smartphones.; add to that High Definition (HD) TV content from Cignal.
In fact, the recently launched and top of the line Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone is bundled in an offer for as low as Php 1,500 monthly.
Through this strategic partnership, SMEs will have access to game-changing business tools with relevant collaboration cloud applications which should ultimately lead to higher productivity. Examples of which are Microsoft Office 365, asset tracking, POS, and more.
To signify the formalization of the partnership among the three companies Alberto was joined on stage by PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde, Samsung Philippines Managing Director Harry Lee, Samsung Philippines Business Manager James Kwon, Samsung Philippines Enterprise Director Irene Catane, Microsoft Philippines Director for Small, Midsize Solutions Partners Diana Tibbs and Microsoft Philippines Business Group Lead Tovia Va’aelua for the push-button inauguration.
In her closing remarks, Abelarde pledged PLDT SME Nation’s commitment to provide SMEs with the best broadband and digital solutions saying, “PLDT SME Nation reaffirms its support for Filipino SMEs as it continues to innovate and form partnerships with industry leaders to provide our country’s aspiring entrepreneurs with only the best broadband solutions for their businesses.”