New Vivo Y20i; 51Talk event; Converge ICT ramps up; Virtual Digicon 2020

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    New vivo Y20i won’t weigh your style down, it’ll elevate it

    EVEN if it’s packed with a powerful processor, innovative gaming technology, and an industry-standard camera setup, the vivo Y20i is elegantly designed with eye-popping colors on a lightweight body. 

    The latest addition to the best-selling Y-series boasts of two stunning color options that are sure to complement and even elevate modern lifestyles.

    Dawn White is a bright and lively hue inspired by soft morning horizons. With this dazzling design that exhibits an outpouring of light, the smartphone invites users to brighten the world with their style every day.

    Nebula Blue on the other hand, was inspired by the deep universe. This blue and purple gradient design inspires users to explore their imagination and unleash their creativity.

    These color options not only complements the user’s style, but the sleek and lightweight body of the smartphone as well. The vivo Y20i weighs approximately 192.3g with dimensions of 164.41×76.32×8.41mm. This makes it ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in a user’s hand.

    The Android 10-powered smartphone also contains a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and Face Unlock technology for convenient phone unlocking and an unhampered view of its magnificent rear design.

    The vivo Y20i is available for pre-order until its official release on October 4 through the official vivo Shoppee store, the official vivo Lazada store, or through vivo concept stores, exhibits, kiosks, and multi-brand stores nationwide. Pre-order today and get premium headphones plus an adorable “little V” USB night-light. To learn more about the Y20i visit vivoglobal.ph.

    Converge ICT ramps up workforce, deploys more fiber optic installers 

    Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., the country’s premier pure end-to-end fiber internet service provider, has begun a fresh round of workforce augmentation with the deployment of more fiber optic installers.

    The company has doubled its fiber optic installer crew compared to its pre-pandemic headcount, and targets to triple the number by year-end. The continued augmentation of its workforce is part of an expansion plan that began in 2019. Customers waiting for their homes and businesses to be connected to the fast and reliable internet of Converge ICT will be the first to feel the positive effects of the increase in personnel.

    “The expansion is now at its halfway point. Initially, we encountered some delays due to the Luzon-wide quarantines, which limited the movement of personnel,” shared Converge ICT Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony Uy, adding that teams since restrictions lifted, Converge teams on the ground have since gained momentum. “We saw the surge in demand and acted quickly, working around operational roadblocks and finding more ways to serve our customers.”

    Other efforts, such as the boosting of the number of seats for their voice and non-voice customer service teams, was already in full swing when the pandemic struck.

    The company has undergone transformational growth, renewing and establishing contracts with four partner outsourcing companies to meet the surge in demand. This has resulted in the hiring and training of hundreds of 48-hour technical and non-technical support agents.

    As the pandemic has funneled everyone towards online activities and transactions, Converge ICT has continued operations with safety arrangements and accommodations set for its agents and on-ground crew. The recent partnership with multinational telecommunications firm Nokia Corp. will enable the connection of over 300,000 customers in Mindanao to Converge ICT’s national backbone over the next three years. The availability of fiber-based internet to Filipinos lays a foundation to a digital, and future-ready Philippines.

    “We thank our customers for their patience and understanding. While there have been some roadblocks in the last months, our turnaround times have improved considerably,” said Uy. “The significant boost in fiber optic installers will bridge last mile connection challenges and connect more Filipino homes.”

    At present, the company expects to incur capital expenditures of approximately P33 billion for the further development and expansion of its national backbone, provincial backbone and last mile connectivity for the remainder of 2020 and 2021[1].

    For more information, visit the Converge website at www.convergeict.com

    Biggest online event for teachers organized by 51Talk

    51TALK, the online English education platform, has hosted the “51TalkFlix: Your Future at Home” which aims to honor and celebrate the teaching profession this World Teachers’ Day.

    “More than 10,000 of our online English teachers participated and we were overwhelmed by the turnout,” said Jennifer Que, 51Talk country head.

    It made sense to mount the grand event virtually because all teachers are home-based, Que added, noting it was exciting to hold a seamless online experience and connect with everyone.

    Virtually present straight from 51Talk’s headquarters in Beijing, China, Jack Huang, 51Talk founder and chief executive officer, salutes all teachers who have been with the company for many years now.

    Pia Wurtzbach, 51Talk’s Philippine brand ambassador, who delivered an inspirational message, chose to represent the company because of her long-time advocacy of empowering Filipinos through livelihood opportunities.

    As the novel coronavirus pandemic affected and displaced millions of Filipino workers, Pia used her voice and platform to talk about the company and the earning opportunities of being an online English teacher.

    Over 2 million pesos worth of prizes were raffled off during the event including exclusive 51Talk merchandise, gift certificates, gadgets, appliances, and laptops.

    The awe-inspiring talents of teachers were showcased, the company’s outstanding teachers and clubs were recognized, and a heart-warming tribute was given. The event also featured performances from today’s hottest stars – OPM singer/songwriter Ebe Dancel and Asia’s Phoenix Morissette.

    Acclaimed business leaders headline
    virtual DigiCon OMNI 2020
    in partnership with Smart

    How can businesses and organizations navigate the new normal now that customers have shifted most of their activities online?

    Acclaimed business leaders will share valuable insights and experiences on this topic and more at the much-awaited DigiCon OMNI, presented by the Internet & Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) in partnership with mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. to be held virtually from Oct. 5 to 9, 2020.

    Touted as the “The OMNI of all webinars,” DigiCon 2020 brings together acclaimed keynote speakers featuring Seth Godin, Entrepreneur and Founder of Squidoo and Yoyodyne and author of This is Marketing, Angela Duckworth, CEO and Founder of Character Lab and author of GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Eric Ries, Entrepreneur and author of The Lean Startup, Rishad Tobaccowala, Senior Adviser at Publicis Groupe and author of Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data, and John Maeda, Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient.

    Smart Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Wireless Business Jane J. Basas will also grace DigiCon 2020 to talk about how Smart continues to cater to the various passions of Filipinos and cultivate brand love amid uncertain times.

    Smart perks for DigiCon 2020 delegates. As IMMAP’s partner for DigiCon 2020, Smart shall provide online connectivity to the organizers throughout the conference. Moreover, Smart is giving delegates a chance to win exciting prizes, such as the new Smart Bro LTE-Advanced Pocket WiFi and the latest smartphones.

    Subscribers can also catch updates and highlights of DigiCon 2020 by using the official hashtag #SmartDigicon2020 on social media.

    Fastest mobile data network in the Philippines. DigiCon 2020 delegates may stream the conference using Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as certified by third-party mobile analytics firms such as Ookla and Opensignal.

    Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the first half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score of 18.33, with average speeds of 15.94 Mbps for download and 7.57 Mbps for upload, based on 2,810,963 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest.

    On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, reported in its April 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload, and Download Speed Experience, Voice App Experience, Games Experience, and 4G Availability.

    For more information on DigiCon 2020,  visit the official DigiCon website, follow IMMAP on Instagram and Facebook

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