PLDT Inc. said Thursday it teamed up with the Meralco Group to further uplift digital and power infrastructure in the country, as the Philippines gets into the radar of global hyperscalers as the next prospective destination in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region.
Jovy Hernandez, president and chief executive of ePLDT, said the hyper-collaboration among industry enablers such as PLDT and Meralco would be vital to ensure the elevated standards sought by the hyperscalers are met and complied with.
“PLDT continues to work with Meralco for the power grid design and renewable energy requirements of our data centers. These enhancements allow us to anticipate the specifications fit for hyperscaler, such as multiple grid terminations for redundancy and sustainable design,” Hernandez said.
Taking into consideration the hyper-growth that comes with the influx of global cloud and content players, ePLDT set out a clear roadmap for its VITRO data centers that includes fortifying its data center design and facilities, diversifying network infrastructure and bringing sustainability at the core of its operations.
The company is also teaming up with the energy sector to help drive the renewable energy thrust of hyperscalers.
“We continue to incorporate green innovations and practices into our ways of doing and partner with relevant organizations to harness renewable energy that will soon power our data center facilities and ultimately, the hyperscaler market,” Hernandez said.
He said that as a technology enabler, the group recognizes its obligation to ensure the Philippines’ competitiveness to help attract the right investments to the country.
“As the country’s only fully-integrated telco, the PLDT group is making an unbreakable commitment to continue investing in the most advanced technologies to enhance our digital infrastructure and comply with the evolving demands of the market,” Hernandez said.
Meralco Group chief sustainability officer and eSakay chief executive Raymond Ravelo said Meralco recognizes its role to spur and support the growth of hyperscalers by delivering not only reliable and high-quality energy but also “earth-friendly” power.
“We in Meralco are committed to working shoulder-to-shoulder with our government, our colleagues in the MVP group of companies, and fellow stakeholders in the Philippine energy sector and business community, as we all do our part in transforming our country into a regional hyperscaler powerhouse,” Ravelo said.
He outlined Meralco’s comprehensive sustainability agenda supporting the government’s thrust for economic growth and sustainable prosperity. This encompasses the company’s four sustainability pillars --planet, people, power and prosperity.
“As we embark on a just, orderly, and affordable transition to clean energy, we aim to secure 1,500 MW of our power requirements in the next five years from renewable energy sources. Furthermore, through Meralco PowerGen Corporation, and its renewable energy arm, MGreen, we will build up to 1,500MW of clean energy capacity through 2027,” Ravelo said.
The PLDT and Meralco Group recently joined the Department of Trade and Industry and the Board of Investments for the government’s push to invite leading technology service providers to expand their operations in the Philippines.