TELECOMMUNICATIONS and digital service provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has completed a P6-billion project to transform its outmoded legacy network into a solely internet protocol (IP)-based system.
PLDT said the shift from its legacy network, an antiquated telecommunications network that is not based on IP, will enhance the delivery of services to customers.
Covering the PLDT Group’s 271 offices in 48 provinces nationwide, the network transformation program entailed the migration of 782 switches and nearly 1.3 million lines.
“This is an achievement for PLDT because it is one of the very few carriers in the world that has completely transformed its legacy network,” PLDT president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said.
The legacy network is a public switched telephone network (PSTN) composed of electronic switches that have now been decommissioned to give way to the digitally-enabled NGN.
“With an IP-based system, we can improve customer experience in terms of better service quality and reliability. It also enhances our capacity to offer more relevant and customized services to our subscribers,” Nazareno said.
“With the ceremonial shutdown of our legacy landline network, we are now going full throttle in making our various networks fully digital. We are rolling out our fiber network and strengthening our mobile network. We are building the digital infrastructure that will power the future growth of our companies and our country,” he said.
PLDT has an expansive and resilient fiber transmission and distribution network—spanning over 100,000 kilometers—that serves both fixed and cellular networks.
“The NGN system will significantly improve customer experience as it ensures a more reliable and robust service,” said Angelito Lorena, Jr., head of PLDT’s Fixed Network Migration.
“It is an all IP-based network and is therefore capable of delivering new digital services, such as high-quality voice, data, and multimedia services to customers,” he explained.