MANILA, 7Feb2017 — PLDT is eyeing to expand the reach of its fiber-powered fixed line network by 80 percent to 4.4 million homes by the end of 2017, as it aims to make available faster Internet access in the country through its fiber to the home (FTTH) service.
PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said the company seeks to deliver quality Internet services in various parts of the country from the Ilocos provinces in the north to Zamboanga in the South.
The FTTH service will be delivered through PLDT HOME Fiber, the country’s most powerful broadband that can deliver internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) which allows browsing of multiple websites, uploading of hundreds of photos, and downloading of a full-length movie in just seconds.
PLDT FVP and Home Operations Head Oscar Enrico Reyes said PLDT HOME Fibr also features the country’s first symmetrical speed service which provides equal upload and download speeds.
This feature enables families to better enjoy entertainment from renowned digital partners like iflix, Fox Networks Group, Netflix, Roku, and iWant TV, and also popular multiplayer online games like League of Legends, Vainglory, Super Mario Run and Dota 2.
“PLDT Home Fibr also provides a more robust platform for a growing range of Smart Home services. For example, home security services such as FamCam, the monitoring device that makes it possible for parents to watch over their family wherever they are, as well as FamZone which allows them to keep their children safe online,” Reyes said.
Among the areas now covered by fiber-powered Internet connections are Laoag, Baguio City, Vigan City, and Tuguegarao in Northern Luzon; Tarlac, Cabanatuan City, and San Fernando, Pampanga in Central Luzon; and, Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan, down to the Bicol Region cities of Sorsogon, Naga, and Legazpi.
Also fiber-ready are major urban areas in the Visayas, with the most extensive footprint in the cities of Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Tagbilaran.
In Mindanao, PLDT’s fiber has already reached key provinces and cities including Cotabato, Davao, General Santos City, Koronadal, and Zamboanga.
It has also deployed hybrid fiber technologies that can deliver fast broadband service through regular phone lines in buildings and residences.
PLDT is utilizing the hybrid fiber technologies of KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom) called GiGa Wire and Huawei Technologies’ G fast that can provide data speeds of up to 600-700 megabits per second (Mbps) per user. Both technologies work by connecting buildings and dwellings with fiber optic cables and using special equipment to enable the internal copper wiring of these structures to deliver fiber-like data speeds.
PLDT has invested PHP 300 billion or USD 6 billion over the last 10 years to rollout the country’s most expansive network infrastructure.
In 2016, it allocated PHP 48 billion or about USD 1 billion for capital expenditures, a significant portion of which was intended for the domestic fiber infrastructure.
Late last year, PLDT’s fiber network covered 2.5 million homes nationwide after an aggressive roll out of fiber facilities. This year’s expansion plan will add 1.9 million homes to the market that can be served. (PNA)