PLDT chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan recently met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California to discuss ways of strengthening the partnership between Smart and Facebook.
Because of its partnership with Facebook, Smart was the first telco in Southeast Asia to roll out Free Basics, a service that made mobile Internet available to two-thirds of the world who were not yet connected. The service is now available to more than 30 countries.
Since March 2015, millions of Smart users have enjoyed Free Basics, which allows them to keep in touch with their loved ones, search information, learn from educational sites, seek jobs and check the news and weather, among many others, without additional cost.
Smart and Facebook also introduced Free Facebook Toggle and Free Instagram, leading to a surge in the number of online users, who are now more empowered than ever to live the “Smart Life” with access to innovations and the widest breadth of digital content.
Pangilinan recently took part in a series of engagements with Silicon Valley leaders and partners, which comes amid the PLDT Group’s rapid transformation as the country’s leading digital company.
MEETING OF MINDS: Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg and PLDT-Smart Chair and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan with the PLDT-Smart Leadership team led by Wireless Consumer Operations Head Katrina Luna-Abelarde (second from left); PLDT Home Operations Head Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. (third) and EVP and Consumer Business Head at PLDT and Smart Ariel P. Fermin (seventh) at the new Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park in California.