PLDT Inc. has revealed it is ramping up its ongoing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout programme in the country’s cities and towns, with the announcement of a new ‘Fibr City’ project in Toledo City, in Cebu province. Under the plan, which is being carried out in partnership with the municipal government, residential users and businesses will be given access to FTTx connectivity to support the area’s mining industry and burgeoning tourism sector. ‘Fitted with the country’s most powerful broadband, Toledo City will now have access to fibre-fast internet speeds of as much as one Gigabit per second,’ said the carrier’s Head of Home Business Oscar Reyes, noting that the decision to pioneer its first Fibr City in Toledo forms part of expansion plans in Central Philippines ‘where we are accelerating our fibre rollout aimed at bringing the strongest connections to more Filipinos’.
The telco’s PLDT Home Fibr product costs from PHP1,899 (USD37.9) a month and comes supplied with entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners and third-party providers. PLDT Inc. currently claims a FTTH footprint of around 2.8 million homes passed, with the aim of increasing that to 4.4 million by the end of the year. Augmenting its fibre-speed services, PLDT recently began installing hybrid fibre – i.e. G.fast – in certain areas, to boost data speeds to up to 700Mbps using existing copper lines. PLDT envisions having upgraded all subscribers to be so-called ‘smart homes’ by the end of 2018, and has invested around PHP300 billion in the past decade to create an extensive transmission and distribution network infrastructure which now has 150,000km of fibre-optic cables, transporting data traffic of its fixed and mobile networks.