Telecoms giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) says it is on course to complete the latest service upgrades for myDSL users in Metro Manila by the end of this month. The Business Mirror newspaper reports that PLDT commenced the upgrade on 1 February, upgrading all myDSL ‘Plan 999’ subscribers to a 1.5Mbps downlink connection (from 1Mbps) for free, as well as boosting ‘Plan 1995’ users from 2Mbps to 3Mbps and ‘Plan 3000’ connections from 3Mbps to 5Mbps. Commenting on the free upgrade, PLDT’s head of marketing for residential services, Dan C Ibarra, said: ‘Our high speed plans are now made even faster to provide the residential demand for fast and reliable connections, making downloading and video streaming seamless … Residential subscribers are now heavy users of [the] internet with all the new content they can access online. These series of speed upgrades will allow our customers the speed they now require but at the same price.’
PLDT is continuously looking to improve its broadband network and services and only in December 2011 confirmed 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. At the time the telco’s president Napoleon Nazareno said that around 60% of its roughly 1.8 million subscribers had 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 complete the migration. On top of that we are reinforcing our fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] rollout,’ he said. The FTTH announcement followed swiftly on from 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.