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Converge Strengthens Foothold In VisMin


Converge Strengthens Foothold In VisMin


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Two years after its fiber network reached the shores of Visayas and Mindanao, leading fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc., continues to secure its position with its further expansion into the regions, particularly entering into high visibility and density areas such as Boracay.

“Nationwide expansion and making sure we reach Filipinos’ homes is a long game. This is why we push on with our fiber deployment nationwide, particularly in Visayas and Mindanao where we are still a relatively new name. Two years on and we are where we want to be: we are securing our foothold and making a name for ourselves especially in establishing our presence in high interest tourist destinations,” said Converge CEO and Co-Founder Dennis Anthony Uy.

On Wednesday, Converge officially launched its enterprise products in Hennan Palm Beach resort in Boracay with the island’s hotel associations, tour operators, and tourism-related companies in attendance. Aside from Boracay, Converge is also present in key tourist destinations nationwide such as Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Coron, Baler, Batangas, Puerto Galera and La Union, offering tailor-fit solutions for the hospitality industry.

“As restrictions have eased, we are very happy to be present in these key areas to help boost tourism and assist businesses and SMEs in their recovery. The pandemic proved that the only way forward is to embrace connectivity and maximize the benefits of technology. We are here to show that Converge not only offers them world-class connectivity, but also technology solutions that can give their businesses a competitive edge,” added Uy.

“Our extensive network allows us to serve not only residential clients, but also deliver better and more comprehensive services for enterprises, big and small. We can serve local businesses in Visayas and Mindanao and nationwide corporations that prefer to have a single provider for all of its branches, such as banks, retail and the like,” shared Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus C. Romero.

With over 7.9 million ports as of December 2022, Converge now has the broadest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the Philippines. It rolled out 2 million fiber ports in 2022 alone, driven by the robust expansion in Visayas and Mindanao. In 2023, Converge expects the port deployment strategy to be more of the same – targeting key areas in the two regions.

According to internal data, nearly one million ports have been deployed in Visayas and Mindanao as of April 2023.

In terms of subscriber count, nearly a fifth or 20% of the total gross adds in the fourth quarter of 2022, came from Visayas and Mindanao.

Aside from Aklan, Converge is present in nine other provinces in Visayas, while in Mindanao, it is present in 11 major provinces.

For 2023, Converge is looking to expand to new cities in Bohol, Zamboanga, Palawan, and more cities in Aklan.

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