PLDT has grown its information and communications technology (ICT) business, consisting of data centers, multi-cloud access and a suite of fixed and wireless solutions, reaching ₱23.2 billion (over $40 million) in service revenues in the first half of the year.

Read more: PLDT Further Expands Cloud, Data Center Offerings in the First Half of 2023

True Digital Group, a digital transformation enabler in Thailand launched by True Corporation, has selected Vectra AI, an expert in AI-driven cyber threat detection and response, to enhance its defense against the increasing number of cyber threats.

Read more: True Digital Group Joins Forces With Vectra AI for Improved Risk Management

WhatsApp, the popular text and voice service, has expanded its payment offering in India by launching an in-chat payments service for businesses. With millions of users in India, WhatsApp now allows shoppers to pay for products and services through the app using credit and debit cards, WhatsApp Pay and India's digital payments network, UPI.

Read more: WhatsApp Expands Payment Services in India

India's largest operator, Reliance Jio Infocomm, is reportedly raising up to US$2 billion in offshore loans with BNP Paribas as the lead arranger. The funds will be used to purchase 5G network equipment from Ericsson. BNP Paribas will provide US$1.9-2 billion over a nine-month period, with support from Swedish export credit agency EKN.

Read more: Reliance Jio Secures Offshore Loan for 5G Network Expansion

Vanuatu operator Wave has teamed up with local ISP 3 Link to introduce an affordable 5G broadband service in 2024. The service will be available throughout the archipelago. 3 Link has been using Kacific's satellite broadband technology to provide coverage in Vanuatu since 2020.

Read more: Wave and 3 Link Join Forces to Initiate 5G Broadband

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