As mobile and internet penetration worldwide continue to rise, everyone is truly going digital. For emerging markets such as the Philippines, the challenge is to make digital technologies work for everyone.
One group is leading the way with cutting edge inclusive innovations.
The Voyager group (Voyager Innovations, PayMaya Philippines, Takatack Technologies and FINTQnologies) serves as the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart Communications. Since it was spun off four years ago, Voyager has been rolling out globally pioneering and market-relevant digital innovations one after another.
“Digital has placed PLDT’s original mission of ‘Changing Lives’ on hyperdrive. There is a special role ascribed to Voyager Innovations, to harness this great force by creating those digital platforms with the widest and most immediate impact to people in emerging markets.”Manny V. PangilinanChairman, PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations
Voyager builds mobile-first platforms that address the biggest challenges common to emerging markets: access to finance, commerce, and internet.
Voyager products in the market today promote digital and financial inclusion. These include digital payments app PayMaya; sponsored data platform Freenet; leading mobile money remittance network Smart Padala; digital lending platforms Lendr, Mobile Loan Saver and Pera Agad; digital monitoring and evaluation tool ROVE; mobile marketing platforms under hatch; messaging platforms Talk2 and Chikka; and digital commerce platforms TackThis!, Voyager eCommerce Marketplace and Takatack.
Meanwhile, Voyager’s digital marketing agency VYGR provides cost-effective, creative and innovative marketing campaigns for brands. Making it easier for enterprises to access all these services is Voyager Business, the group’s sales arm, which works in tandem with PLDT and Smart.
Today, over 10 million Filipinos are enabled by Voyager group’s various digital financial services and over 11 million people are using its various data access and messaging solutions. Its payments and digital commerce platforms, meanwhile, are powering thousands of small, medium and big enterprises. True to its mission, Voyager is changing the tech landscape with innovations that are bridging the digital divide.