Under its ongoing network deployment, Filipino fibre-optic broadband operator Converge ICT Solutions revealed that by 31 October 2021 it had deployed nearly 5.5 million ports across the country – spanning from Luzon to Mindanao. The firm’s CEO Dennis Anthony Uy released a statement noting that his company’s rapid network rollout ‘underpins its goal of reaching the unserved and underserved in the country’. To date, Converge ICT has extended its footprint in 440 municipalities/cities across the Philippines, it said, adding that its total residential subscribers stood at close to 1.6 million as of the end of September. Further, the company said that last month it completed its subsea cable project connecting all major islands of the Philippines to its national fibre backbone.
ABC-NEWS quotes Uy as saying: ‘In our new markets in Visayas and Mindanao, we’re glad to see a healthy uptake as 20% of the fibre rollouts were in these areas … Given the shift of every activity to the online space, access to the internet should no longer be a privilege but should be a right of every Filipino. The social and economic benefits that connectivity [particularly broadband] unlocks has to reach those at the margins.’ Converge aims to reach 55% of homes by 2023.