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PLDT Global expands partnership with Tranglo thru Free Bee

by Smart Communications | Jun 20, 2019
L-R: Edith Gomez, VP & Head of Carrier Business & Global Accounts Management at PLDT Global; Albert Villa-Real, Chief Commercial Officer at PLDT Global; Sia Hui Yong, Founder of Tranglo; and Artemio Quiamas, Jr., AVP & Head of Global Accounts Management for International Retail at PLDT Global

Leading telecommunications and digital services provider PLDT’s subsidiary PLDT Global Corporation (PGC) is expanding its partnership with international airtime remittance hub Tranglo.

Founded in 2008, Tranglo is a secure technology platform that enables payment service providers and businesses to perform cross-border payouts, prepaid reloads and digital conveniences. Since 2011, Tranglo has been an active partner of PGC. In 2013, the Malaysia-based remittance company also teamed up with Smart to boost aid for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

Aside from Smart, TNT, and Sun products, Filipinos overseas may now avail Free Bee PINs in Tranglo channels and service centers in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and other Southeast Asian countries. Free Bee is an advertising-based voice service that delivers high-quality IDD calls to the Philippines for free. For longer calls and ad-free experience, users have the option to buy Premium Free Bee Voice buckets at affordable rates - as low as 1 US cent per minute - from global retailers or via in-app and online purchases.

“This partnership with Tranglo through Free Bee helps us achieve our goal to empower global Filipinos with innovative products and services which would enable them to communicate without borders,” said Albert Villa-Real, Chief Commercial Officer at PLDT Global.

Tranglo founder, Sia Hui Yong said: “We are very excited to collaborate with PGC on its new product. Free Bee, on the back of Tranglo’s technology and expertise, can offer more affordable call options for Filipinos living and working abroad.”

This is the latest in a series of partnerships forged by PLDT Global to serve more Filipinos all over the world.

About Tranglo

Tranglo is a cross-border payment hub with a proven track record in business payment, foreign remittance and mobile payment solutions. Founded in 2008, we have offices in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Dubai and London, with a global network spanning more than 100 countries, supporting 250 mobile operators, 50 billers, 600 banks/wallets and 90,000 cash pickup points. To find out more, visit, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.