PLDT partners with Japan's NTT for new mobile data service
MANILA, Philippines – A unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) – soon-to-be called PLDT, Incorporated – has tied up with Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corporation for mobile data service bundled with free calls and remittance services.
PLDT Global Corporation unit PLDT JP GK said the new service, called SMART World, targets the roughly 240,000 Filipinos living in Japan.
Launched last April 15, the telco said SMART World also connects Filipinos in Japan to the 70-million-strong wireless subscriber base of its mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.
PLDT president and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said the partnership with NTT Communications ensures that the new service provides nationwide coverage in Japan via leading mobile operator NTT Docomo's extensive 3G and LTE networks.
"Our new offering – SMART World – empowers the digital lifestyle of Filipinos in Japan through a mobile data SIM bundled with a pocket WIFI in a monthly prepaid subscription," Eric Alberto, executive vice-president and head of PLDT Enterprise, International, and Carrier Business, said in a statement.
Alberto added that the new mobile data service comes with a free remittance transaction of up to JPY100,000 monthly, free calls and text messages to the Philippines, and free calls to other international destinations. (READ: PLDT expects lowest core net income in over a decade)
SMART World also offers a free Philippine mobile number subscription, Alberto said.
"This is just the start. We shall continue to expand our portfolio of services to meet the growing multimedia requirements of our Filipinos in Japan," PLDT JP GK general manager John Palanca said.
In November 2015, PLDT and NTT Communications partnered to set up a data center that can be accessed by Philippine companies with overseas presence.
The data center is in addition to NTT Communications' Arcstar Universal One private-network service, which is already being used by the business process outsourcing sector in the Philippines.
Japan's NTT group owns a 20% stake in PLDT. – Rappler.com