The Tranzen Group Inc., a conglomerate led by businessman Salvador Zamora II, teamed up with China-based Citic Networks Co. Ltd. to roll out Wi-Fi internet access, digital television and satellite network services across the country.
Zamora, chairman of TGI and Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp., signed a memorandum of understanding with Citic chairman Luo Ning covering the construction of infrastructure for nationwide Wi-Fi Internet connectivity in various cities and towns throughout the Philippines.
The signing of the business agreement was held in Beijing during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in China.
Zamora said PT&T would implement the projects.
He said that PT&T owns and operates fiber internet network in Region IVA or Calabarzon that extends to greater Metropolitan Manila and Pampanga.
Prior to the government-mandated service area scheme, PT&T operated nationwide for more than 50 years.
Citic is known in China as a leading system integration and IT services company. It also develops application software.
Under the MOU, the companies will construct Wi-Fi network utilizing PT&T’s 100-percent fiber necessary for rendering emergency and information services, digital TV and satellite network services and digital and internet services for smart cities.
“The synergy between Tranzen and PT&T aims to change the game of the digital infrastructure in the Philippines,” Zamora said.
“PT&T’s 100-percent Fiber Internet network and host of IT services will complement the advanced infrastructure designs of Tranzen,” he said.
“PT&T’s plans for the country bodes well with the agreements our chairman signed during the Belt and Road Initiatives,” PT&T president and chief executive James Velasquez said.
“PT&T is fully on board with the government’s initiative to modernize the country’s ICT landscape and we are participating in the public Wi-Fi program. We also plan to develop capabilities in Smart Cities and Emergency Response in line with the MOU,” he said.
PT&T holds a 25-year franchise which allows the company to establish, maintain and operate both wired and wireless telecommunications systems for domestic and international communication in the Philippines.
Its existing, scalable network and infrastructure, spanning over 10,000 kilometers of pure fiber optic cables allow it to easily meet the network demands of customers in the Greater Manila area and northern and southern Luzon.