Filipino incumbent Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) says it has completed another phase of its fibre-optic network rollout programme, this time activating a 320Gbps link across six network loops nationwide. The new line will cater for rising demand for bandwidth-hungry services, PLDT said in a stock exchange filing. ‘This recent expansion project increased the operating capacity of PLDT’s digital fibre-optic network to more than 1,000Gbps at a total cost of about PHP600 million (USD13 million),’ the statement read. The overall cost of the fibre-optic rollout programme is PHP2.6 billion. To date, the telco has successfully lit the third optical fibre link to Baguio City, while the 1,220km leg between Lucena and Cebu, which passes through the islands of Bicol, Masbate, Panay and Negros, is expected to be completed by mid-2010.