WITH the continued disruption of
the local and global markets, telco giants in Asia are expected to forge
stronger partnerships and create deeper collaborations to sustain their
relevance in the lives of their customers.
Due to the rise of new
technologies that have disrupted the whole world and created a spectrum of new
services that have made the lives of people relatively easier, the telco
business has become largely uncertain and is at risk of becoming
irrelevant. But this, according to PLDT Inc. Head for International and
Carrier Business Kat Luna-Abelarde, only proves the need for the strengthening
of existing partnerships and the striking of new ones.
“With dynamism comes a lot of
uncertainty. Then we realized that if the telcos wouldn’t come and partner at
deeper levels, at some point we’ll just be irrelevant. We were very functional
in terms of business model; the customer just had to come in, but that has
changed. This is a real humbling realization that we no longer own the customer
and that our market is not just limited to telcos, and competition is not just
among ourselves,” she told the BusinessMirror in a recent interview.
This, according to her, will be
the highlight of the 15th run of the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC), an annual
meeting of telecom operators in the region that is hosted by the Filipino telco
“We need to start collaborating
more and not just negotiating. It should happen within and outside our
organizations,” she said.
Taking center stage at the
conference is celebrated futurist and tech writer Nicklas Bergman, who will
discuss topics, such as tech disruption, artificial intelligence, quantum
computing, investments, and leadership in the digital era.
Bergman, who also serves as a
strategic advisor to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the European
Innovation Council, authored books such as Surviving the Tech Storm: Strategy in Times of Technological
Uncertainty, and Navigating the Tech Storm.
Other speakers in the ACC include
Google’s Asia Pacific Partnership Head Ishan Chatterjee, Rakuten Viber Senior
Director Matan Barth, and Deloitte Southeast Asia TMT Leader John Goeres, among
Around 1,200 delegates from 400
companies are expected to join this year’s conference, which will tackle the
theme “Stronger Partnerships for Shared Success.” It will be held in Cebu from
September 3 to 6.
“In our industry, networking and really seeing each other face-to-face is critical. It’s not easy to meet with a partner who is on the other side of the world,” Luna-Abelarde added.
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