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PLDT to spend P1.8B in 2013 for fiber optics


MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the country’s largest telecommunications company, is spending another P1.8 billion next year to bring “ultra-fast” fiber-optic Internet connections to two million Filipino homes.

In a statement on Wednesday, PLDT announced the launch of a fixed-line network roll-out program to deliver to millions of Filipino homes in various parts of the country the full range of broadband Internet services, including ultra-fast broadband connection via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

The FTTH expansion program entails installing by late 2013 about 240,000 access ports from which fiber links can be brought to residences.

The fiber facilities will “pass by” over two million homes, referring to the potential market that can be served by these facilities, PLDT-Smart Technology Group Head Rolando Peña said.

The first phase of the two-year program costing about P1 billion will be completed by the end of this year with around 90,000 fiber-optic lines that would pass by about one million homes.

As of end-September, the PLDT Group had laid down almost 30,000 FTTH lines.

FTTH is a fixed line broadband communications technology that supports higher bandwidth, capable of supporting new services, such as voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Video on Demand (VOD) and high-definition video streaming.

“This will further boost our super-charged network with the fastest fiber data connection to the home,” Peña said.

“We will thus be in a position to serve the varying needs of different customers—which can range from DSL service to ultra-high-speed fiber to the home,” he added.

PLDT’s fiber-optic services currently cover only upscale residential areas in Metro Manila such as Forbes Park, Dasmariñas Village and Ayala Alabang.

“The service will soon be available in 100 villages in Metro Manila and in other key cities nationwide like Cebu,” the company said.

PLDT earlier undertook a P67-billion network transformation program that included the expansion of its domestic fiber backbone to over 54,000 kilometers, which is more than three times longer than what other telecommunications companies are trying to build.

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  • http://justjabari.wordpress.com/ Jabari Styles

    worst ISP I ever saw…

    Customer service is non-existent at best…should just call it “Service” or “BS Line”. You get more reliable service from a prepaid Globe Tattoo stick

  • xrisp

    Just go PLDT. Other countries are targetting full fiber services even to homes so that we will not be left behind..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEL5M676WZ7BLFR4SNH66WKRZM Bigboy I

    3,500 pinakamababa plan nila sa fiber optic mabagal connection pldt umulan lang wala na.

  • AJ Giorgio

    ayan na naman kayo PLDT.. bagong promo na naman.. pero yung basic services like a stable and consistent connection hindi nyo maayos-ayos.

    ang hilig nyo mag-invite ng subscribers, di nyo naman mai-deliver ang mga sinasabi nyo..

    2 months ago, atat na atat yung isang promo staff nyo sa megamall na pumirma ako sa application form para sa DSL connection.. eto.. hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin tumatawag sa akin..


  • raffyb0i

    My everyday internet life with PLDT…
    1) Turn off modem2) Turn on modem3) Wait till internet connection is restored.
    4) Internet disconnection…back to step 1

  • pheds

    Yan ang magandang balita..sana nga lang hindi sobrang mahal and subscription…sana tulad dito sa korea sa halang 1,200pesos nka FTTH + iPtv ka na with 100MBps up/down speed…

  • jpastor

    Dapat ihukay sa ground ang linya. Ang gulo gulo na ng mga kable ng kuriente, cable tV at telephone lines tapos dadagdagan na naman ng fiber optics. Mahiya dapat ang PLDT dahil pinapangit nila ang view sa kalsada. Parang pansit luglog.

  • Nic Legaspi

    Why are there too many articles lately about PLDT’s FTTH project? Is this paper a shareholder of PLDT? Or is the writer being paid for this advertisement?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

      Yes, PLDT owns a stake in Inquirer, yun nga lang hindi nag-nominate si MVP ng director for his group’s board seat in Inquirer kasi di pwede ang mga telecom/media companies mag-publish ng newspapers. So yes, this is blatantly an ad for PLDT. :)

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