Nokia, PLDT & Smart: A partnership for digital transformation

At PH Digicon 2023, PLDT, Smart, and Nokia talked about the technologies that help accelerate the country's digitalization efforts.

 • Apr 22, 2024

Raghav Sahgal, Nokia's President of Cloud and Network Services, shares his thoughts on the future of digital transformation, highlighting the critical role of ecosystems in achieving a digital mission during his insightful address at PH Digicon 2023 VISION: Reimagine Tomorrow’s Enterprise.

In 2020, Nokia and PLDT joined forces in a groundbreaking partnership to explore the expanding IoT market, with Nokia providing PLDT the Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING). The collaboration aimed to support Smart, PLDT's wireless unit, in launching a pioneering Internet of Things platform. This all-in-one solution empowers enterprises to effortlessly deploy services and solutions, managing hundreds of thousands of connected devices for future growth.

And that partnership between the Finnish technology firm and the Philippines’ largest integrated telecommunications group continues today, searching for ways to help the country accelerate its digital transformation, particularly for enterprises.

"Nokia realized very early that we have to bring in an ecosystem of devices, applications, and networks that will come together to deliver the digital mission,” said Raghav Sahgal, President of Nokia Cloud and Network Services.

“Working in that ecosystem and making sure that we partner with the right group in creating an economy that is API-led are going to be extremely important drivers to bring these ecosystems together,” Sahgal added.

Jojo Gendrano, Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise Business Group at PLDT and Smart, highlighted the group's dedication to helping customers succeed by providing tailored solutions that fit their needs while leveraging on cutting-edge technologies at the most competitive price points.

“We are steadfast in our commitment to continue enabling industries and enterprises in bridging the digital divide through innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and artificial intelligence,” Gendrano said.

“Together with partners like Nokia, we are confident we can go further in pushing the boundaries of digital transformation,” he added.

Nokia's intellectual property and long-term research initiatives, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs, are driving transformative change in the digital landscape. The Finnish company is a trusted partner for service providers, enterprises, and other businesses worldwide as it consistently delivers secure, reliable, and sustainable networks that empower businesses and individuals alike.

During the PH Digicon 2023 VISION: Reimagine Tomorrow’s Enterprise, Sahgal noted the latest development in technology that could unlock the full potential of artificial intelligence in driving enterprise growth and, more broadly, the expansion of the economy.

“AI has been around for a long time. Technology has enabled us to take AI to the next generation because of the computing capability we are building,” Sahgal told a panel discussion. “One of the great things about AI is if the adoption level is very high, it will change our lives in many ways,” he added.

Gendrano said most enterprise leaders, PLDT and Smart included, have embraced AI, “And are making no-regret steps on improving CX and operational efficiency through AI.”

He added that cloud, data center, and cybersecurity technologies continue to improve and evolve, and can greatly help facilitate an API ecosystem that would deliver value and new capability for enterprise.

PH Digicon 2023 VISION: Reimagine Tomorrow’s Enterprise, held last year, and powered by Amdocs, Cisco, Huawei Technologies Phils. Inc., Nokia, Google Cloud, Samsung, ZTE Corporation, Avolution Inc., Fortinet, Soprano Design, CSG, Dell Technologies Philippines, Ericsson Telecommunications, Inc., and Maya Philippines, Inc., brought together industry leaders, government officials, and start-ups to showcase a bold vision of the Philippines' digital future--shaped by innovative solutions, cutting-edge technologies, and visionary leaders.

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