Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), the country’s largest telecoms company, is expanding its next-generation network (NGN) to Visayas and Mindanao in the south, in anticipation of further growth in the number of companies locating there. As part of the expansion PLDT is rolling out 50,000 ADSL lines in 4Q 2006 as part of its NGN programme which will enable the incumbent to deliver triple-play services over a single fibre-optic line. The telco is upping its combined annual capex to USD342 million between 2006 and 2008 in order to build the NGN and upgrade the GSM network of its mobile arm Smart Communications to 3G.
PLDT’s current digital fibre-optic network (DFON) covering Visayas and Mindanao has 20 nodes and capacity of about 100Gbps. The upgrade will add additional nodes with capacity of 70Gbps.