Converge ICT, Nokia target to connect 300,000 customers in Mindanao

By: Sheilah Takeuchi | 30 Jul 2020

FIBER internet provider Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. and multinational telecommunications firm Nokia Corp. are hoping to connect over 300,000 customers in Mindanao to their “ultra-broadband” services in the next three years.

“Converge ICT will bring ultra-broadband services to the island of Mindanao by deploying Nokia’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) solution,” Nokia said in an e-mailed statement on Monday.

It added: “With this deployment, Converge ICT will be expanding its broadband network coverage to the region by connecting more than 300,000 homes and businesses to ultra-fast, affordable, and reliable broadband services over the next three years.”

Converge ICT currently operates an end-to-end high-speed fiber network in the country with more than 30,000 kilometers in length.

The company is working to expand its domestic backbone from Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao islands.

Converge ICT recently submitted an application to the Securities and Exchange Commission to do a P35.92-billion initial public offering.

“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, people have started to increasingly use digital platforms to complete a number of day-to-day tasks for which they demand an agile broadband network. Our network infrastructure will allow us to provide best-in-class broadband network to our subscribers especially during unprecedented times like these. We are confident that Nokia’s fiber solutions will enable us to enhance the overall quality of our services,” Converge ICT Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony H. Uy said.

Don Abad, head of customer team at Nokia Philippines, said: “We are delighted to support Converge ICT in its mission to provide superior broadband services to its customers. Our fiber solutions will help Converge ICT bring enhanced ultra-broadband services to its subscribers across the Mindanao region while our 7360 ISAM FX product portfolio will enable them to capture a greater share of the lucrative broadband services market.”

Nokia said its fiber solution will allow Converge ICT “to deliver a differentiated broadband service to customers.”

“The deployment uses fiber access nodes from the Nokia Lightspan FX series, which provides Converge ICT with the flexibility to use their fiber more efficiently and evolve to next generation technologies such as XGS-PON, 25G PON, next-generation PON line cards and Software Defined Access Network (SDAN), through a software upgrade,” it added. — Arjay L. Balinbin


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