MANILA: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT), the country’s leading telecoms provider, said yesterday it was buying a 10-percent share in German Internet developer Rocket Internet for $445m.
The partnership will allow the two companies to “jointly develop mobile and online payment technologies and services in emerging markets”, a PLDT statement said. “The strategic partnership will allow us to leverage our combined strengths in developing online and mobile payment solutions in emerging markets,” PLDT president Napoleon Nazareno was quoted as saying.
PLDT cited its “experience and intellectual property in mobile payments and remittance platforms”, often used by the many Filipinos working abroad to send money back home.
It also cited the Berlin-based Rocket’s ability “to provide products and services for the ‘unbanked, uncarded and unconnected’ population in emerging markets”. The investment will entitle PLDT to one seat on Rocket’s nine-member supervisory board.