SMART Communications Inc. recently became the newest member of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, making it the first Philippine telco to join the innovation hub of top global fixed and wireless telcos, vendors, startups and venture capitalists.

In a breakfast meeting held in Palo Alto, California recently, Smart executives, led by executive vice president and head of wireless consumer business Charles A. Lim, were welcomed by officers and members of the Telecom Council.

“We’re excited to be part of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley,” said Lim. “As we move more and more toward the digital space, it is necessary to build close relationships with other global innovation leaders. We are on constant look out for cutting edge services and technological trends and advances that can benefit our subscribers in the Philippines, as well as put the spotlight on Filipino innovations on a global scale.”

“Today, I amjoined by several of our SPIF, Service Provider Forum, members in welcoming Smart to the telecom and wireless innovation community we help foster,” says Liz Kerton, president of the Telecom
Council. “The council collects over 2,000 telecom professionals at our 35+ meetings a year—a very forward-thinking, partnership-centric group, we look forward to Smart’s contribution to the important
conversations we are having here and introducing them to the 200+ startups which we’ll filter into the council this year.”

Joining Lim in the welcome breakfast were Mellissa Limcaoco, innovation and product development group head at Smart; Michelle Curran, data and international services marketing group head at Smart, and Earl Martin S. Valencia, president of First Pacific group’s incubator and accelerator IdeaSpace Foundation Inc. (IdeaSpace).

With more than 100 members across the fixed and wireless industry, the Telecom Council is a global organization that “connects companies and individuals involved in Silicon Valley’s communications technology industry with one another for business development, collaboration, and education.” It provides the network, tools, framework and opportunities to bring together various players in Silicon Valley’s telco industry.

A collection point for more than 30 global telcos, the association’s annual TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections Summit gathers some of the most influential global telcos and top-tier vendors to share and forge partnerships on innovation with entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, and startups. Last year, Valencia was one of the speakers in the conference, where he presented Smart’s involvement with IdeaSpace and its emerging market incubation program.