PLDT unveils 18-month plan to upgrade all copper lines to fibre

22 Sep 2020

Filipino telecoms giant PLDT Inc. has announced a plan to upgrade all customers still using its legacy copper wire network to fibre over the course of the next 18 months, adding that it will boost their internet speeds for ‘free’ in the process. PLDT Chairman, President and CEO Manuel Pangilinan announced the fibre upgrade is part of a modernisation drive to ensure its customers have access to ‘powerful connectivity like fibre, 4G and now 5G’, while the group’s chief revenue officer and Smart Communications President Al Panlilio reiterated: ‘This modernisation programme will boost the internet service of both PLDT Home and Enterprise customers to fibre speeds, at no added cost’.

TeleGeography notes that PLDT’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed around 7.8 million homes by 30 June 2020, up 8% from end-2019, while the total number of available fibre-powered ports increased by 5% to 3.67 million, with 1.6 million available for new customers. Further, the telco’s network is supported by 360,000km of fibre – the country’s most extensive digital data infrastructure, it said.