25 August 2023


Manila, Tokyo, August 25, 2023 – PLDT Inc., MediaQuest Holdings, Signal TV and NTT DATA today announced their collaboration to deliver a new experience for basketball fans in the Philippines and abroad who will watch the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 in Manila onsite: The Pearl can chat with. Country’s first “Digital Human”.

The FIBA ​​tournament, which runs from August 25 to September 10, is expected to gather around half a million sports fans who can interact with Pearl, a conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) avatar powered by Digital Human technology. They will be stationed at special kiosks at Smart Arena Coliseum and Mall of Asia Arena.

Equipped with ChatGPT technology as well as visual and sound sensors, Pearl can interact with sports fans in English and Filipino and answer their FIBA-related questions – such as how to access their seats. She can also give people other useful information, including where they can get their breakfast or recommended activities for tourists in Manila.

A first in Asia, Pearl Digital Human is the latest in technology. It combines speech recognition, machine learning, natural language processing and conversational AI to connect with people. Pearl talks naturally to visitors with detailed facial expressions. Fans who want to receive updates on games can simply ask Pearl, who can tell them about the latest game results, statistics, leaderboards, and upcoming matches.

Digital Human technology is developed by NTT DATA together with NTT Ltd. and NTT DATA Business Solutions to promote smart solutions for fan experience globally. These smart solutions combine creative communication with the latest advances in Internet of Things (IoT) technology and AI to create a unique experience for sports fans. NTT Group has introduced smart solutions through various sporting events such as the Tour de France, the IndyCar Series and Major League Baseball.

Through its business-to-business arm, PLDT Enterprise, MediaQuest and Signal, in collaboration with PLDT, NTT Group brings smart solutions to the Philippines just in time for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023.

“NTT Group has been advocating smart solutions for sports for some time, and we are pleased to present it in the Philippines at this global event. We look forward to further cooperation with PLDT Group and MediaQuest Group Because we are developing more innovation,” said Noriyuki Kaya, Executive Vice President of NTT DATA, Inc.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring these next-generation technologies to Filipino basketball fans as we pursue more innovative and customer-focused digital solutions. We will learn from fans’ interactions with Pearl, and we will continue to make improvements for the future. Live stadium experience for events.”, Alfredo S., President and CEO of PLDT and Smart Communications. Said Panlio, who also serves as the president of Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP).

“In addition to helping sports fans enjoy the FIBA ​​Games, Pearl also gives them something else – a taste of the digital future emerging today. That is why we are so eager to bring Smart Solutions to the Philippine Games. will bring the fan experience to a new, higher level.”, MediaQuest and Signal President and CEO Jen J. Bass said.

Alfredo S. Panililio – President and CEO of PLDT and Smart Communications, President of Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas
Jane J. Bassus — President and CEO of MediaQuest Holdings and Signal TV
Kaz Nishihata — Director and Senior Executive Vice President of NTT DATA Group Corporation


NTT DATA – a part of the NTT Group – is a trusted global innovator of IT and business services, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company helps clients transform through consulting, industry solutions, business process services, IT modernization and managed services. NTT DATA enables customers as well as society to confidently move forward into the digital future. NTT DATA is committed to the long-term success of its customers with a combined global reach in more than 50 countries. you can visit nttdata.com.

About PLDT

PLDT Inc. is the largest integrated telecom company in the Philippines. Through its core business groups – from fixed line to wireless – PLDT provides the Philippines’ most comprehensive fiber optic backbone, and a wide range of telecommunications and digital services across fixed line and cellular networks. PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT is one of the largest market capitalization among Philippine-listed companies. More information can be obtained by visiting pldt.com,

Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) is the wireless arm of PLDT and the sole Filipino global sponsor of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023.

About Mediaquest Group

mediaquest holdings, inc. is a Philippine company that owns various media production and distribution firms including Signal TV, TV5 and MQuest Ventures. Signal TV is the leading Pay TV and Sports content provider in the Philippines. you can visit www.mediaquest.com.ph And https://signal.tv,

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