Telecoms giant PLDT Inc. has published a press release outlining the progress of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout, noting that as a result of expansion in the first six months of this year, its Home Fibr service now covers sub-divisions across all Metro Manila cities and municipalities including Makati, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig and Taguig, serving residential and B2B users. PLDT’s consumer/market development head Oscar Reyes noted: ‘Fibre remains the ideal solution to the connectivity needs of fast growing urban communities such as those in Metro Manila … PLDT Home Fibr establishes the strongest connections and top-of-the-line services that benefit both homes and businesses.’
The press release highlights that the villages in Makati City covered by PLDT’s FTTH rollout include Bel-Air Village, Dasmarinas Village, Forbes Park North, Magallanes Village, Palm Village, San Lorenzo Village, and Urdaneta Village. Additionally, PLDT Fibr is also available in the following villages in Muntinlupa, Las Pinas and Paranaque: Ayala Alabang Village, Hillsborough Alabang Village, Pacific Malayan Village, Pacific Village, Tierra Nueva Village, Ayala Southvale Village, BF Executive Triangle, BF International Village, BF Executive Village, BF Homes, Multinational Village, South Bay Garden Subdivision and Tahanan Village.
Also part of the FTTH rollout are sub-divisions in Quezon City, namely: Arcadia Village, Ayala Heights, Ayala Hillside Estates, Corinthian Gardens, Corinthian Hills, Don Antonio Heights, Don Enrique Heights, Filinvest Homes, Greenmeadows, Horseshoe Village, La Vista Subdivision, Loyola Grand Villas, Tierra Bella Subdivision, Tierra Pura Subdivision, Tierra Verde, Varsity Hills, White Plains, St Ignatius, Blue Ridge, Alta Vista, Acropolis Village and Xavierville Subdivision.
Peak 1Gbps PLDT Home Fibr connectivity is also live in many villages in Mandaluyong and San Juan, such as Acropolis Executive Village, Acropolis Subdivision, North Greenhills, Palladium Subdivision, Wack Wack Village, East Greenhills, Northeast Greenhills, and West Greehnills. Further, Pasig and Taguig cities’ sub-divisions now blanketed with fibre-optic broadband include Capitol 8, Lexington Garden Village, Mckinley Hill, Mckinley Hill Village, Phoenix Subdivision, Tierra Nueva Village, and Valle Verde 1-7.
The telco’s press release noted that its ongoing fibre rollout – under a PHP78.4 billion (USD1.54 billion) CAPEX for 2019 – forms part of an ‘aggressive’ nationwide expansion plan that has already ‘transformed’ areas into so-called ‘PLDT Fibr Cities’ starting with Toledo City in Cebu, General Santos in Mindanao, Naga City in the Bicol region, as well as central business districts like Rockwell Makati and Bonifacio Global City, while Cavite and Bataan became the first and second ‘Smart Provinces,’ respectively.
In the first three months of 2019, PLDT says it further expanded the coverage of its fibre-powered, fixed broadband network to 6.7 million homes passed, a 6% increase from end-2018. The total number of fibre ports reached 3.02 million, including 1.61 million that are available for new customers. Moreover, the operator expanded the total footprint of its fibre-optic cable network to 259,000km, up 6% from end-2018.