A new telco is coming to town and its name is Vodafone. Arguably the largest telecoms company in the world (based on revenues) and the 2nd largest in terms of subscriber base, Vodafone Philippines has started putting up their accounts for the Philippines in preparation for the official launch.
Though this is not official yet, Vodafone’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have been set up to reflect their Philippine presence.
Vodafone is present in over 30 countries worldwide and with 40 other partnerships with other telcos. They have operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States. In the Philippines, Vodafone lists Smart as one of its partners (probably for roaming?).
Vodafone is into the fixed line services, mobile phone service, internet and digital TV. Will post more udpates once we get a confirmation.
Hat tip to @jonjongoco.
Update: It is possible this could be a partnership with San Miguel which already owns 75% of Eastern Telecoms, and also owns Liberty Telecom and Bell Telecom.
According to San Miguel’s website:
San Miguel’s fledgling telecommunications business has seen the addition of Bell Telecommunications Philippines, Inc., our second telecoms platform after Liberty Telecommunications Holdings, Inc. Bell Tel will give San Miguel entry into the wireless voice, data and video connectivity business, expanding the scope of the company’s telecom offerings. At present, Liberty has signed on an estimated 70,000 subscribers to its internet broadband and WiMAX services. In December 2010, San Miguel acquired a stake in Eastern Telecommunications Philippines, Inc.
It is possible the partnership with Vodafone will be focused on voice services with Vodafone as the official name carrier.
Note: I’d like to go back to my Top 10 predictions for 2012 and write off #7.