Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has completed a PHP2.5 billion (USD57.4 million) fibre-optic expansion project to support the rollout of ultra-high speed internet services for its fixed and mobile networks, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. In a statement last Friday, PLDT – the country’s largest telecoms operator by revenue and subscribers – said that in the first half of this year it successfully deployed more than 5,000km of optical fibre cables, taking its total fibre assets to more than 71,000km. The rollout will help the telco to accelerate the phased rollout of both its fixed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, and its in-deployment 4G mobile Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks across the Philippines, for mobile arm Smart Communications. ‘This [fibre rollout] fortifies our already formidable network advantage as we cover more areas, increase data speeds and provide enhanced redundancies for improved resiliency,’ said PLDT president Napoleon Nazareno, adding, ‘We have built early and we continue to expand as the demand for broadband heavy applications continues to surge. This is what we call future-proofing our network.’
The Group’s head of technology, Rolando Pena, said that under the ongoing expansion programme PLDT’s FTTH service has already been rolled out to cover two million homes passed as at 30 June 2013. ‘Even as we hit our programmed expansion for the year in just six months, we continue to lay down fibre-optic cables nationwide to accelerate our FTTH rollout and hit 2.2 million homes passed by the end of the year,’ he said.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month PLDT confirmed plans to expand its FTTH broadband service to 700 residential sub-divisions across the country by the end of 2013. PLDT’s Fibr-branded FTTH service, which offers peak connection speeds of 100Mbps, is already available in at least 600 sub-divisions in key cities nationwide, including Forbes Park, Dasmarinas Village, Ayala Alabang, Greenhills, Valle Verde, White Plains and Greenmeadows in Metro Manila; Cebu Royale Estate and Beverly Hills in Cebu; and Don Lorenzo in Davao. The executive says that PLDT is looking to double its Fibr subscriber base to 30,000 by end-2013, up from the current figure of 15,000.