Category Archives: Eastern Telecom

Eastern receives prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification for second year in a row

In 2010, Eastern Communications marked a milestone in Philippine telecom history when the company received the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification. Recently, Eastern received its second year of ISO certification which now also included its operations in Cebu and Baguio. This reflects the company’s continued efforts to maintain good management practices, quality processes, and customer-focused service delivery systems.

Eastern Communications has been serving the communication needs of Philippine companies for more than 130 years, and has always been at the forefront of providing quality telecommunication services and solutions. With the recent acquisition by San Miguel Corporation of 77.7% interest in Eastern, operational quality has gained even greater importance to ensure competitive advantage.
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Eastern Telecom


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EASTERN Communications support the Automated Election System Watch (“AES Watch”) to ensure clean and honest elections

Eastern Communications and AES Watch will focus primarily on the reporting of incidences related to the automated polls that the whole country will experience for the first time on Monday, May 10. AES Watch (Automated Election System Watch) is a voluntary, independent and nonpartisan aggrupation of concerned groups and individuals monitoring the 2010 elections in the Philippines.

AES Watch uses the Ushahidi crowdsourcing information software to monitor the Philippine elections – the same platform deployed by monitoring groups for elections in India last year and in Sudan this year. EASTERN meanwhile will utilize its tier 2 Data Center and reliable and fast connectivity to support the data management and transmission requirements of the platform.
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Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Eastern Telecom


Eastern increases in manpower by 12% for 2009

Eastern Communications, the country’s pioneer telecommunications company, is hiring an additional 12% of its current workforce to meet expansion plans for 2009.

“Eastern’s expansion program is essential if it is to achieve its revenue target of 5 billion pesos. While the company will be conservative in its spending in the present, given the global economic slowdown, we will not sacrifice the quality of the future,” said Edwin Domingo, marketing and business development head of Eastern Communications.
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Posted by on March 11, 2009 in Eastern Telecom


New technology makes project expansion safer and faster

Whether the digging happens on city or provincial roads, any roadwork is an inconvenience for motorists, causing traffic to slow. Dug-out trenches also pose a serious danger especially at night, which have often been the cause of road accidents. Not mention, making the work slow and costly.

This was the challenge Easter Communications faced when it embarked on a massive 240 kilometer long backhaul expansion program that would effectively link Laguna, Tagaytay, and Cavite with Makati. The ambitious project would ordinarily have meant extensive diggings that would exacerbate traffic conditions in and around the area. Given that the roads leading outside the metropolis are not as wide as Metro Manila roads, there was urgent need to employ methods and technologies that would allow for the least “inconvenience” and expedite the project without compromising the quality of the output.
The first and most tedious aspect of the project is the laying of the cable, which needs to run across an extensive 240km length. The process takes a long time and enormous manpower and, if not done properly and can cause great inconvenience to motorists, pedestrians, residences, and establishments along the route. To avoid that, Eastern employed the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) technology, which avoids breaking the road to dig deep trenches. Instead, HDD machines drill through a small hole underground with a detection device that guides the drill to a pre-set exit point. Hence, instead of digging a 350-meter trench that normally takes weeks, now takes only two holes – entrance and exit – and in just six hours.

Laying the cables is also critical to the operation and care is taken to ensure that the fiber integrity is preserved. Cable laying is done systematically and fast, whether pulled from underground when HDDs are used or laid above ground into open trenches. Those using HDDs pull these cables from underground after detecting it through the exit hole. For open trenches, the spool of protective cable microduct is hitched to a trailer and pulled from a truck. One spool is 2 km long so it installed once a long stretch has been dug. As it is being laid, ground crew at the back covers it. Precaution is taken to ensure that no sharp objects like rocks and metals touch the sheath. Safety standards are observed every step of the way.

At the end of each cable lay, a concrete housing is constructed from where the fiber optic cable is inserted via fiber-blowing machine. This machine ensures that the fiber optics is inserted safely and quickly. This machine does three things: first, it pumps water to clean out any obstruction in the sheath; second, the water is pressurized so that it creates a medium that helps lubricate and facilitate insertion of the fiber cable; and third, it mechanically and systematically inserts the cable into the sheath. What would have taken three weeks to complete now takes only three to four hours at the most.

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Posted by on January 5, 2009 in Eastern Telecom


Eastern’s backhaul to improve connectivity south of Metro Manila

Eastern Communications announced that it is laying down a 240-km fiber network to service industrial parks and economic zones in Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. The backhaul project is a strategic initiative to help Eastern realize its long term revenue goal of PhP5 billion pesos for the next 5 years.

The backhaul infrastructure and support costs PhP1 billion pesos and is critical to Eastern’s expansion, since many multinational corporations and BPOs are relocating to various economic zones and industrial parks located in Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. This means there will be more opportunities for business development in the said areas. The expansion will also reach Nasugbu enabling the company to connect to its submarine cables thereby providing greater global connectivity.

“Eastern’s backhaul expansion will provide us with three business opportunities. Primarily, we will provide connectivity to more than 600 ecozones and industrial parks along the route where the backhaul will run. Secondarily, it will allow the company to maximize the submarine cables because of the additional bandwidth, and thirdly, it will allow us to offer greater bandwidth to other carriers and telecommunications companies.” said Edwin Domingo, Marketing, Sales and Business Development head of Eastern Communications.

With the new infrastructure in place, greater productivity can be realized by the various economic zones and industrial parks by providing faster, better and more reliable connectivity.

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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Eastern Telecom