Telecoms heavyweight PLDT Inc. says it has completed the deployment of a PHP1 billion (USD19.4 million) fibre-optic network expansion in Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. In a statement, the telco confirmed that, as part of its efforts to boost capacity nationwide, it has successfully installed 300km of fibre infrastructure covering the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Davao del Sur. The latest expansion, it notes, adds to the existing domestic fibre-optic network (DFON) in Mindanao, which spans from Cagayan de Oro to Malaybalay, Davao, Tagum, Bayugan, and Butuan. Further, PLDT points out that the PHP1 billion expansion augments capacity on the DFON, boosting local loop capacity by 100Gbps to 400Gbps.
Elsewhere, PLDT recently announced plans to extend its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network by approximately 80%, in a bid to reach around four million homes by the end of this year. The operator is also deploying hybrid technology, such as G.fast, under a wider three-year programme to realise fibre-like speeds on its legacy copper network.