Globe Telecom, a subsidiary of conglomerate Ayala Corporation, powered the telecommunication requirements for the 45th Governors’ Meeting of the Asian Development Bank, which was held recently in Manila for the first time in over a decade. The telecommunication service of Globe was part of the total support of Ayala Corporation as a Gold Sponsor of the four-day meet of the ADB’s highest policy-making body.
The 45th annual meeting gathered a record number of over 5,000 delegates, including finance ministers, central bank governors from the ADB’s 67-member countries; top-level government officials and other key policymakers from other countries; business leaders, investors and academics. Civil society representatives and media also attended in record numbers.
Globe powered the WiFi requirements for the meeting and ensured that the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) had adequate broadband connectivity and capacity to support live streaming and live updates via Twitter (@ADB_Manila and #ADBAM). The ADB meeting’s organizing committee officials and staff were also connected via Globe mobile services.
Key issues discussed during this year’s ADB Governor’s Meeting included steps to adapt to the global economic downturn; build resilience in urban centers, promote green growth and ensure regional food security. The ADB also announced the replenishment of its Asian Development Fund.
The internet service of Globe during the ADB meeting, touted as one of the fastest in the Philippines, was set-up as the company is in the thick of a massive network modernization program that will dramatically increase broadband speeds and capacity, using 4G HSPA+ technology. Globe was also tapped to provide free WiFi service at the NAIA Terminals and, more recently, powered the video feeds via broadband of Earth Hour 2012.