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Converge taps PKN to offer Android set-top box

Converge ICT Solutions Inc. said Wednesday it teamed up with Pacific Kabelnet Holding Co. Inc. to offer a full-Android set-top box that allows subscribers to access local and international TV channels using fiber technology.

Converge's new add-on service, VISION comes with a set-to-box called Xperience Box, a full Android, all-in-one entertainment device, that allows Converge subscribers to enjoy multi-genre TV programs and shows in the comfort of their homes.

“The VISION Xperience Box takes convenience up a notch through its voice-enabled remote for easy searches via Google Assistant and a digital interface that allows hassle-free connection to home theater systems or power amplifiers," said Converge chief operating officer Jesus Romero.

"Watching the most popular shows in the Philippines or abroad and accessing content through various apps have never been this effortless,” he said.

Converge co-founder and chief executive Dennis Anthony Uy said Vision is the first of many additional services that the company plans to bring to enhance Filipinos' digital experience.

"With our recent data capacity upgrade of our metro backbone, we have more than enough bandwidth to provide entertainment content on a streaming platform and other applications,” he said.

Enabled via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the VISION Xperience Box does not require connectivity to any cable TV line and also allows easy connection to a mouse, gamepad, keypad and other devices.

The easy-to-set-up service comes with reliable security features and an enhanced artificial intelligence that provides a quick, one-click access to channels, Google apps, online games and OTT apps like HBO Go, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Spotify.

Meanwhile, Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently verified Converge ICT Solutions as the most consistent fixed internet provider in six regions, including Metro Manila, based on the recent Ookla Speedtest Intelligence analysis for the second quarter of the year.

The other regions with consistent Converge internet connectivity are Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Ilocos, Central Luzon, Bicol and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Converge garnered a consistency score of 79.46 percent. The score measures the percentage of a provider’s samples that equals or exceeds a fixed threshold of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.

According to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence analysis for second quarter, Converge average internet download speeds for the major regions such as Metro Manila is at 71.22 Mbps, Calabarzon at 74.20 Mbps and Bicol region at 54.44 Mbps.

Topics: Converge , Pacific Kabelnet , Vision , set-top box
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