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PLDT Installs Bohol-Cebu-Cagayan de Oro Fiber Cable System

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A P400 million fiber optic submarine cable system has been installed by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), linking the islands of Bohol with its network in the Visayas and Mindanao region. The cities linked together by this massive undertaking are Mactan in Cebu, Loon in Bohol and Kinoguitan in Misamis Oriental. These links connect to PLDT’s fiber optic networks in Jones, Cebu and Cagayan De Oro.

This news comes as a boon to the entire outsourcing industry in the Philippines which relies on fast and reliable data networks in the country. With this upgrade, the earthquake-hit province of Bohol will definitely get a boost in foreign outsourcing locators who may want to set up in the region. Also benefiting from the new telecommunications infrastructure are the tourism and enterprise ICT needs of small, medium (SME) and large companies.

The completion of this 150-kilometer submarine cable system has been the buzz of the information technology (IT) and outsourcing industries since it’s announcement by PLDT President and Chief Executive Officer Napoleon L. Nazareno. Every major broadsheet and online news sites, including foreign ones, have been reporting this announcement.

Sources: World News | Business World | TelecomPaper

Photo by MGM at wikimedia.org

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Wells Fargo to Outsource to the Philippines

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Wells Fargo Center sign

Despite all the political pressures in the United States for businesses not to outsource, the second largest American banking company, Wells Fargo and Co., will proceed in moving some its business support activities to the Philippines. For this, the U.S. bank has set up Wells Fargo Philippines Solutions Inc., which is following the footsetps of other banking giants such as JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is an American multinational diversified financial services company with operations around the world. It is the second largest bank in the United States in terms of deposits, home mortgage servicing, and debit cards. Wells Fargo is headquartered in San Francisco, California, but has major “hubquarters” in other cities throughout the country. In 2011, Wells Fargo had more than 9,000 retail branches and 12,231 automated teller machines in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It has over 270,000 employees and over 70 million customers.

Sources: Interaksyon | Wikipedia

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Alorica Philippines to Open New Center in Cebu

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U.S. outsourcer Alorica is opening a new customer service call center in the Philippine province of Cebu.

The new center represents Alorica’s growing presence in the Philippines. Alorica already employees some 3,000 people in the Philippines and plans to significantly increase that number in the next year. “Opening a new facility, offering employment and career growth opportunities is always exciting to announce,” Alorica chairman Andy Lee said.

Alorica Incorporated is a call center company with 36 facilities worldwide. Established in 1999, the company has grown to twenty-thousand employees. Currently, the company is headquartered is in Chino, California.

Read more at Fifth Quadrant

Photo from Alorica.com

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

Set up and operate a call center on a shoestring budget

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Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:00 PM Rafael Pekson II

Photo by Raffy Pekson II

When everyone thinks you should also join the fray of setting up a call center, you wonder if it’s the right thing to do. Though many have succeeded in building one from scratch, others have also failed nonetheless. This three-part series intends to provide you with a practical guide to set up and operate your call center in a simple yet profitable manner within the context of the Philippine business world.

Read more at Philippine Online Chronicle

Best On-demand Hosted Call Center Solution in the Philippines

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L-R: Fred Cote, Raffy Pekson II and Chris Persaud

The CEO and COO of KUNNECT recently visited the Philippines to launch its call center technology solutions to the Philippine BPO market. Fred Cote, co-founder and CEO, spoke at the October 12 meeting of the members of the Call Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) in Shangri-La Hotel Makati. Mr. Cote presented KUNNECT as a viable, inexpensive call center solution for immediate operations without the need for costly and time-consuming setup, calling it the “best in its class” of a full suite of call center features and functionality. Together with Mr. Cote were Chris Persaud, COO of KUNNECT, and Raffy Pekson II, the Country Representative of KUNNECT in the Philippines.

Read more at Work and Coffee.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

January 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

UK Names Philippines Offshoring Destination of the Year

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The Philippines has been awarded the Offshoring Destination of the Year for 2009 at the 6th Annual National Outsourcing Association Awards in the United Kingdom last October 15, 2009.

This is the second time the country has won the prestigious award since 2007. It recently bested four other countries such as Malaysia, Egypt, Russia and Sri Lanka in winning the title.

The National Outsourcing Association is the recognized body for the outsourcing industry in the United Kingdom. The association judged countries for this award on a set of criteria covering the country’s advantages, attractiveness to UK companies, its level of market penetration in the UK, and availability of outsourcing areas.

Source: Magellan Solutions Call Center Blog

Written by Raffy Pekson II

December 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Philippine Cities Cebu, Makati, Quezon City, Mandaluyong in Top Global Outsourcing Lists

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Cebu City hits the number one spot in Trendsiff.com’s Top 50 Emerging Global Outsourcing Cities. Shanghai and Beijing cities, both in China, followed Cebu City in the list. Makati City, on the other hand, makes the 8th place in the Top 8 Global Outsourcing Centers. This list includes (from the top) Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune, all from India, and Dublin in Ireland.

There are also two Philippine cities that is part of the 2008 Top 50 newly-emerging outsourcing hotspots, namely, Quezon City (21st) and Mandaluyong City (45th).

The studies’ overall ranking are based on the following location assessment categories: scale and quality of workforce, cost, business catalyst, risk profile, infrastructure availability, and quality of life. Also, the “choice city” has now given way to “choice of country.”

The lists are according to a study by CyberMedia’s Global Services and investment advisory firm Tholons.

Reference: Trendsiff.com

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 12, 2009 at 6:43 am