PLDT partners with stc Group to enhance international voice services

PLDT and stc Group partner to provide seamless international voice service for Filipinos overseas and Enterprises.

 • May 03, 2024

From left-right: Edith Gomez-Cudiamat, Chief Operating Officer at PLDT Global; Albert Villa-Real, President and CEO at PLDT Global; Mohammed Abdullah H Alabbadi, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer at Saudi Telecom Company; and Ziad Alhossan, Carrier & Wholesale Vice President at Saudi Telecom Company.

PLDT, the Philippines’ largest fully integrated telco company, through its wholly owned international subsidiary, PLDT Global, and Saudi-based stc Group, the engine of digital transformation in MENA, have signed a strategic agreement to deliver a seamless international voice service experience for Filipinos living overseas as well as Enterprise customers, with a special focus on enhancing communication for Filipinos living abroad and those engaged in overseas travel.

The partnership positions stc Group as the exclusive voice traffic aggregator for PLDT. It leverages the Group’s 25 years of experience in voice wholesale traffic aggregation, globally recognized international business relationships, state-of-the-art facilities, and international networks spreading across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Commenting on the partnership, Albert V. Villa-Real, President and CEO of PLDT Global, said, “A pivotal aspect of this strategic collaboration with stc Group lies in our dedication to guarantee superior call quality for international communication services, especially when Filipinos abroad reach out to their families in the Philippines. Aligned with PLDT's overarching mission to empower communities through cost-effective and reliable telecommunications services, our commitment ensures the delivery of a consistently exceptional customer experience.”

The partnership will implement advanced technologies to mitigate common issues such as call drops and voice distortion, ultimately providing an improved communication experience.

Eng. Mohammed Al-Abbadi, stc Group Carrier & Wholesale Officer added, “This partnership exemplifies the strong alignment of values between stc Group and PLDT. This is a major milestone in our ongoing efforts to build a resilient communications ecosystem that meets the diverse needs of the growing digital community around the globe. This collaboration also demonstrates the Group’s commitment to expanding the scale and scope of stc product offerings and utilizes the Kingdom’s strategic location at the crossroads of east and west.”

In delivering world-class communication services, stc Group and PLDT will address the increasing demand for dependable communication channels between Filipinos living overseas and their families back home, with the aim of enriching lives.

About PLDT Global

PLDT Global Corporation (PLDT Global) is a technology services company that provides high quality communications infrastructure and innovative platforms to its global network of carriers, enterprise customers, and distribution partners. PLDT Global enables them to achieve their desired connectivity, reach, and market relevance. As the international business unit of the PLDT Group – the largest integrated telecommunications company in the Philippines – PGC builds and delivers a full range of digital solutions that serve the evolving needs of the Global Filipino. For more information, visit www.pldtglobal.com

About stc Group

stc Group is an engine of digital transformation, offering advanced solutions and driving a role in the digitization process. The group provides a comprehensive suite of services encompassing digital infrastructure, cloud computing, cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT), digital payments, digital media, and digital entertainment. The group comprises 13 subsidiaries across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

To know more about stc group, please visit www.stc.com.sa

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