Mr. Sanchez joined PLDT in 1983 and held various network and business positions and functions prior to being head of ING. On the network side, he was Head of Submarine Cable Projects, Head of Head of International Facilities Management, International Network Operations, and previous to his current position, Head of Network Planning and Engineering. On the business side, he was Head of International Carrier Relations, Head of International Business Development, Head of Carrier Business Support, and Head of Carrier Marketing, Head of Carrier Relations and Sales of PLDT, prior to being appointed as Head of PLDT and Smart Carrier Business.
In his network assignments, Mr. Sanchez was involved in the network modernization and expansion programs of PLDT (NGN expansion, Fiber-to the-Home) that replaced legacy analog switching and transmission/access systems, including the development of PLDT’s international as well as domestic fiber optic facilities that superseded erstwhile satellite only/microwave radio-only facilities and legacy coaxial submarine cable systems. Fiber systems transformed the quality of international, domestic long distance, and local communications and served as a solid platform that enabled the expansion of both wired and wireless communications. Mr. Sanchez has been, and continues to be involved in the management of the PLDT Group’s internet connectivity including finding solutions for better quality and cost efficiency.
In the area of submarine cable construction and operations, Mr. Sanchez was involved in the development of the international fiber optic network in the Pacific and Asia, having been part of the planning, construction and management of systems beginning with the Guam-Philippines-Taiwan (G-P-T) cable and the TPC3/HAW4 system in the 1980’s, that connected Asia to the United States. These cables using the 140/180 Mbps regenerative technology were the first international submarine fiber optic systems in the region. These were later complemented by systems such as B-M-P, B-S, and M-T systems when other ASEAN carriers followed the lead of AT&T, KDD and PLDT in moving from coaxial systems to fiber. More recently, Mr. Sanchez spearheaded the AAG and ASE projects and is now engaged in new projects like the upcoming Jupiter Cable System.
Mr. Sanchez’s experience in such international cable projects included chairing Management Committees, as well as Technical, Commercial, Procurement and Investment and Agreements groups.
As a business leader, Mr. Sanchez was involved in the expansion and management of PLDT’s international business at the time when the global international wholesale business was expanding rapidly. The wholesale expansion in those years was driven mainly by liberalized policies in the US, in Europe and in Asia, and the US government push (especially on US carriers) to transition from the accounting rates regime to termination rates. He was also involved in the development and launching of international and domestic carrier services and products, including pricing, sales and trade distribution network/channels.
In the Pacific Partners alliance, comprising of tier 1 carriers like AT&T, KDDI, Telstra, Singtel, TM, CHTI, KT, China Telecom, Tata etc., Mr. Sanchez served as Chairman of the PPM Commercial Committee from 2001-2002. The Commercial Committee oversaw the transition from accounting rates to termination rates driven by the liberalization thrust in the US. He was also the PPM’s first Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Management Committee, which was created to prepare for recovering business operations in case of multiple cable faults, given the Taiwan area problem about a decade ago.
In his current position as ING head under the converged network organization of the PLDT Group, Mr. Sanchez is providing leadership in projects to achieve synergy and cost efficiencies and to support the PLDT Group’s international business. One of his major accomplishments is the consolidation of the separate international network facilities/resources of the companies comprising the PLDT Group. These cover the international voice and data gateways of PLDT, Smart and Digitel, their submarine facilities, the associated backhaul infrastructure, the PoPs and other complementary systems to support international communications services. Another major accomplishment was the building of a resilient wholly PLDT-owned international network for connecting PoPs and delivering international services, complete with automatic switchover systems particularly for the transport part. At the moment, Mr. Sanchez is helping design the next international network of the group that will service expanded capacity requirements that is to be generated by denser fiber access of homes, and building units, as well as from the upcoming 5G mobile network.
In his role as head of PLDT and Smart’s Carrier Business group, Mr. Sanchez provides leadership in the management of international services jointly offered with foreign and domestic carriers, and more importantly in addressing challenges to the global industry and to PLDT, in particular posed by substitute services from OTT players. He is also the current President of the Asian Carriers Conference Inc., Asia’s largest carrier conference which is transforming to become Asia’s premier Digital Tech and Digital Business conference.
As GM of DCI, he provides manages the day-to-day affairs of DCI, and leadership in operating and maintaining the inland fiber optic cable that connects to Telstra/Pacnet’s EAC cable landing station in Naic, Cavite, Philippines.
Mr. Sanchez has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business and Economics of De La Salle University. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology.
In addition to the above, Mr. Sanchez is a business continuity specialist, certified by the international Business Continuity Management Institute headquartered in Singapore.