PLDT HOME, the residential communication and multimedia services arm of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), has teamed up with the country’s biggest pay-TV provider Cignal Digital TV to offer subscribers a landline connection, DSL internet access, and a cable subscription in one convenient plan. PLDT HOME’s new triple-play offer comes as it looks to consolidate its dominant position in the country’s retail broadband market. The unit passed the one million DSL subscriber barrier in 2014 and claims its three-in-one offer will reinforce its burgeoning entertainment content portfolio, which already includes live channels on broadband and movie-on-demand offers. Its triple-play packages can be purchased from PHP1,699 (USD38.20) per month for new users, although existing PLDT HOME DSL users can upgrade from just PHP400 a month, it says. Subscribers get access to up to 100 digital TV channels from Cignal, including NBA Premium and Cignal-exclusive channel Disney XD when they upgrade. PLDT was the first Filipino operator to offer digital TV over broadband in early 2014.
In a separate development, PLDT is investing up to PHP1 billion to build its eighth data centre in the country, according to vice president Eric Alberto, speaking on the sidelines of the Tech Island 2.0 conference. Alberto, who is also president of the group’s ePLDT unit, says that the telco has selected the Clark Special Economic and Freeport Zone as the site of the new data centre. The new data centre is expected to boost rack capacity nationwide to 8,000 racks when it is completed in Q1 2016, up from the 2,300 racks it had at the start of this year. PLDT Group, acting through IP Converge Data Services Inc (IPC) and PLDT Alpha Enterprise, currently operates six existing data centres in Sucat, Paranaque; Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Pasig; Subic; Mandaue City, Cebu; and Makati City. A seventh is in construction in Makati – boosting rack capacity to 6,800 – and will be completed later this year.