The Philippines’ largest telecoms operator by subscribers and revenue, PLDT Inc, has extended its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) footprint in southern Metro Manila, targeting new areas such as Makati, Pasay, Paranaque and Las Pinas, and covering several villages and sub-divisions such as Dasmarinas Village, Better Living Subdivision, Merville, BF Homes Paranaque, and Ayala Alabang Village. The FTTH deployment will enable 300,000 homes in southern Metro Manila to have high speed internet access. ‘PLDT’s Fibr footprint expansion in Manila’s vibrant south will benefit the area’s rapidly growing commercial district as well as enhance the digital lifestyles of the residents. Our vision is to further establish the strongest connections for Filipinos nationwide that means bringing the power of Home Fibr to more homes,’ PLDT First Vice President and Head of Home Business Oscar Enrico Reyes Jr said in a statement. Prices for its fibre internet packages start from PHP1,899 (USD38.2).
The latest expansion forms part of PLDT’s ongoing nationwide fibre-optic rollout programme, under which it has already set up a number of so-called ‘PLDT Smart City’ areas starting with Toledo City in Cebu, followed by General Santos in Mindanao and Naga City in the Bicol region. The telco intends to continue its rollout programme to reach a total of 4.4 million homes passed by the end of 2017, up from three million homes passed at end-March this year.