Exclusive: PhilTower deploys PowerX to optimise tower infrastructure performance
In a significant step forward in PhilTower's modernisation of Filipino tower networks, the Macquarie backed towerco has signed a partnership with AI data insights company PowerX.
The two companies announced the agreement exclusively to TowerXchange ahead of attending this months TowerXchange Meetup Asia, in Malaysia.
The partnership will see PhilTower rollout the PowerX solution across its network to optimise power assets, uptime performance and energy efficiency.
PowerX will provide advanced data intelligence and visualisation to allow PhilTower to unlock insights into its tower network. It will also allow Philtower to automate business and operational decisions for right-sizing power systems and optimising asset distribution across its portfolio.
Since its acquisition of 1,350 cell towers from Globe in September 2022, PhilTower has been working to transition and modernise the sites, with the first batch of towers fully operational within five months.
Integrating the PowerX data intelligence platform into its operations stack will enable PhilTower to automate faster detection of operational inefficiencies, prioritise improvements and reduce the average time it takes to repair faults.
Currently, 90% of PhilTower's sites in the Philippines include generators for power back up despite relatively good grid. PhilTower’s mid-term ambition is to add renewable power generation options for its sites.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to elevating cell tower infrastructure management and performance to always greater standards, all while delivering top-tier service to our valued mobile operator partners. Our collaboration with PowerX is a testament to this dedication,” said Devid Gubiani, CEO, PhilTower.
Gubiani said PowerX's profound understanding of PhilTower's requirements made him confident in the two companies shared vision of revolutionising connectivity through digitalisation.
“The automation of network analytics at scale from PowerX has significantly reduced time to identify the specific sites with opportunity to optimise and the actions required to better dimension our sites for cost-efficient power and uptime,” said PhilTower’s COO PT Pawar.
Pawar explained that the PowerX platform has already empowered his operations teams to take action and drive operational excellence. He said the partnership was about enhancing network performance, enabling smooth asset ownership transitions, and integrating data intelligence for future energy programs.
PowerX CEO Andrew Schafer said he was delighted to partner with PhilTower and reaffirmed that the platform would to help PhilTower achieve its goals of delivering an efficient, resilient and sustainable network.
“Our approach leverages advanced data science capabilities and tools at scale across diverse data sets to unearth hidden inefficiencies, prioritise action and manage integrated workflows to resolution.” Schafer said.
PowerX is sponsoring TowerXchange Meetup Asia, in Malaysia this November 28-29. Sign up today to hear from PowerX and PhilTower in our opening keynote session.