Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Co. (PT&T) has partnered with multinational disaster recovery software solutions provider Maxava to offer business resiliency solutions to Philippine companies.

“PT&T and Maxava are in a unique position to provide superior resiliency services,” the listed telecommunications company said in a statement e-mailed to reporters at the weekend.

“The partnership was signed by PT&T’s IT Services business unit headed by Ella Mae Ortega and James G. Velasquez, president and chief executive officer of PT&T, together with Simon O’Sullivan, senior vice president of Maxava,” it added.

PT&T said its partnership with Maxava, a global provider of innovative monitoring, high availability, and disaster recovery solutions for IBM Power Systems, “solidifies” its thrust to offer its clients with “industry-leading business resiliency solutions especially now that companies have seen the importance of resilience and business continuity in the current COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) crisis.”

PT&T noted that Maxava currently serves more than 500 customers in over 40 countries, providing support directly through its regional offices in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

Ms. Ortega said that a pandemic is just one type of a crisis that companies will have to face. “We have to be prepared to thrive and not merely survive whatever the conditions.”

Maxava’s Mr. O’Sullivan said: “While all countries need to be prepared for manmade risks, the Philippines like many other countries, also needs to be ‘disaster recovery ready’ for the heightened potential of natural disasters. In the field of data and IT, Maxava is determined to offer Philippine companies the best of breed solutions for disaster recovery.”

“The Maxava High Availability Suite can open the door for organizations to have a secure disaster recovery plan, no matter what the size or scope of their operation,” he added.

PT&T trimmed its net loss in the first quarter by 23.4% after revenues from its broadband business improved.

The company incurred a net loss of P15.60 million for the first three months, down from the P20.36 million it reported during the same period last year.

Its total revenues for the quarter stood at P107.38 million, an improvement of 38.5% from the previous year’s P77.56 million.

PT&T said it remains keen on its plan to provide mobile services, as the penetration of smartphones continues to grow and the advent of 5G technology provides an ability for the company to enhance various applications. — Arjay L. Balinbin