Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) aims to sign up a total of 600,000 subscribers to its next generation network (NGN) this year, as the drive to move beyond offering traditional fixed line services over a legacy network gathers pace. The operator says NGN users will benefit from the latest technology in voice and multimedia communications linked through the company’s IP backbone. In an interview cited by local paper the BusinessMirror, PLDT President Napoleon Nazareno is quoted as saying: ‘This year we are supposed to migrate 600,000 NGN subscribers since we start the migration. We are on track to meeting that.’ The telco envisages completing the move to an IP network within two to three years. ‘To migrate the whole facility and become NGN-capable will take two to three years. But we will try to accelerate this because this is part of our project to put broadband all over the country and provide more robust speed,’ said Nazareno.