Dennis, the Boy Wonder

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By Noel G. Tulabut

My Palm Notes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DO YOU marvel at the wonders of technology?

I am pretty sure everyone does. That includes me. All the more you will be amazed to know that some of the most significant technological advancements we experience these days are happening in Angeles City.

That’s right folks. Everyone may not know it but Dennis Anthony Uy and his Comclark Network And Technology Corp. (Comclark) is behind a lot of technological wonders that are being seen, felt, and heard almost everywhere. Whether it be on television, radio or on various gadgets like smartphones and tablets.


Just to give you an example, Comclark’s enterprise solutions have figured (although less prominently) when a leading cellphone provider have launched its video calling feature when 3G technology was the “in-thing” about five to eight years ago. Dennis provided the backbone for that carrier which enabled its subscribers to be talk on video mode. Needless to say, Dennis and Comclark should be thanked by cell phone makers as this kind of calls helped boost their sales in the Philippines and elsewhere.

Less than a decade ago when smartphones were still not aplenty and tablets were still a rumor in the gadgets world, Dennis showed me a wonder which to me was already like magic.

It was a CCTV monitoring system not on regular tv monitors but on his cell phone (which brand I would not name) that had mobile internet capabilities. He showed me live on-screen moving pictures of people (in flesh and blood) in offices under Comclark.

During that time, CCTVs could only be principally found in banks, airports, casinos and the likes. During that time too, there was nobody in Angeles City (and probably in Central Luzon) that I know of had that capability to beam live shots from their offices onto their mobile devices. But Dennis and Comclark already had those marvels available.

As colleague Ding Cervantes asked when I mentioned this to him recently “why did he not venture into commercializing that CCTV capability for the general public?” Well, I don’t know the answer exactly to that but I believe that Dennis was not just into raking in more profits from anything that he would lay his hands on. He was also mindful of those who had potentials to also grow.

With that aforesaid technology now being provided by small scale entrepreneurs on various mobile devices of those who can afford it, Dennis may have also thought, in retrospection, of giving chance to start-up businessmen and budding programmers to prop up their careers and ventures in the ICT industry.

Another story that I was told about Comclark is how its enterprise solutions also made cable television networks thrive not only in Pampanga but also Metro Manila and elsewhere.

It was Comclark’s ACCTN which first made use of cable boxes that arrested signal theft from illegal connections. It was that same technology (not just the boxes but also the programming and software component) that was employed by a Metro Manila-based cable company that has the lion’s share among subscribers in the nation’s capital and nearby cities.

These days Comclark and its cable companies in Clark, Angeles City, Mabalacat City, Magalang and other parts of Central Luzon (yep, Comclark operates some in Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bulacan, Bataan, etc) are venturing into a “fiber-to-the-home” technology.

This means having stronger, faster and more dependable and more powerful internet and cable connections. It also means doing away with copper wire connections and replacing them with fiber optics from the servers of Comclark onto the street junction boxes and onto residential homes of subscribers.

This is huge and this is something that only the likes of PLDT, which has been in existence for the last 85 years, can implement. Comclark practically started as a vhs and betamax video rental shop in the 1980s and this is how it has gotten to be strong and more viable which translates into customer satisfaction and delight.

It is now offering a state-of-the-art technology and an ultrafast internet connection for businesses called FTTX which is up to 100 mbps. This is part of its HSIA (high speed internet access) it offers to time-sensitive business transactions on the world wide web.

It is also now running a beta stage of Infinitv (as in infinite tv, contracted) where your favorite channels, networks, shows –especially Filipino – can be streamed live on-line on mobile devices. It is powered by Converge ICT solutions, a Comclark subsidiary which supports, maintains and runs the IPTV (internet protocol television) operations.

Sooner or later Comclark, an ISO-certified Clark-based company, will also announce its new diversification in power distribution and waste to energy power generation projects. Details are still being finalized but if I may spill the beans right now, Comclark is partnering with a common household name that has been powering up homes and businesses in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

This endeavor by Dennis, who has been declining nomination as outstanding Kapampangan award (which he rightfully deserves) the past few years, is also in response to the call of fellow Cabalen Manny V. Pangilinan to solve woes in the power distribution and generation aspects.

This industry that has been plagued by systems losses, operational problems, maintenance issues which translate to higher energy rates for consumers.

The details are still sketchy but if I must tell our readers now, letting Dennis or any of his firms’ expertise help run a vital utility project like power would spell a huge difference as this company has the technological solutions that could arrest pilferage, manpower inefficiency, bad payment system and what have you.

Do we have to marvel when his (or his partners’) operation of a power project run smoothly, effectively and efficiently?

With Dennis around, a boy wonder himself, some wonders should be expected in business and in industrial world.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 12, 2014.


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