Filipino operator PLDT plans to migrate its entire fixed telephony subscriber base to its new next generation network (NGN) by 2013 as it looks to increase the uptake of broadband data services. The telco’s president Napoleon Nazareno says that around 60% of its roughly 1.8 million subscribers have already been upgraded to the NGN. The advanced, IP-based network will provide for improved voice and multimedia communications services based on an open architecture design, with Nazareno saying that out of PLDT’s PHP10 billion (USD231.7 million) CAPEX for its fixed line division, around half will be spent on the NGN. ’We’re looking at the next two years to vomplete the migration. On top of that we are reinforcing our fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] rollout,’ The Manila Times quotes him as saying. Earlier, PLDT confirmed the launch of fibre-optic broadband services in Forbes Park and Urdaneta Village in Makati, Palms Pointe in Alabang, Wack-Wack Village in Mandaluyong, and all Valle Varde villages in Pasig.