Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is allocating over PHP1 billion (USD23 million) to deploy a fibre-optic network in the province of Bohol, including the deployment of 280km of terrestrial and submarine cables. The move forms part of the group’s drive to support the anticipated expansion of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country, with PLDT president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno saying: ‘This fibre expansion program will enable PLDT to fully serve the growing communications requirements of the tourism and other industries in the province. This will also enable business processing and call centre companies to set up shop in Bohol because they can rely on robust data networks supporting heavy bandwidth applications.’
The Bohol expansion project will span the province’s southwest coastal fringe and will be completed by March 2014. A complementary northeast leg is expected to come online by Q4 2014, boosting Bohol’s existing 90km fibre-optic network and supporting the New Bohol International Airport and other ICT projects on the island of Panglao.