The Philippine Long Distance Telecom Co. (PLDT) on Thursday said that it further expanded its fiber optic network to approximately 75,000 kilometers by end-September this year to support its rapidly growing broadband data services business.
“We are fortifying our already formidable fiber advantage as we cover more areas in the country and install enhanced redundancies to strengthen the resiliency of our infrastructure,” said Napoleon Nazareno, PLDT president and chief executive officer. The company’s fiber network includes around 7,200 kilometers of international submarine fiber and over 4,000 kilometers of domestic undersea fiber cables.
“This will enable us to deliver high-speed broadband services via our fixed and mobile networks to more people, homes and enterprises all over the country and better support the country’s development efforts,” he added.
PLDT’s fixed and mobile data services from retail and enterprise clients make up the fastest-growing segment of its business, and accounts for P25.9 billion, or 21 percent of its total revenues in the first nine months of the year.
Domestic fiber optic network
By yearend, the company expects to spend approximately P29 billion for its network expansion, which includes the further roll-out of its fiber facilities. At the end of 2012, PLDT had over 54,000 kilometers fiber optic cables in its domestic fiber optic network (DFON).
PLDT Technology Group head Rolando Peña said that the company continues to lay down fiber optic cables nationwide to step up its fiber-to-the-home rollout, and hit 2.2 million “homes passed” by the end of 2013.
PLDT’s ultra-fast Fibr service now covers more than 800 high-end residential subdivisions across the country. PLDT Fibr provides subscribers with connection speed of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) that allows seamless streaming of high-definition movies and other high-bandwidth multi-media services.
“PLDT mobile subsidiary, Smart Communications, has also equipped over 1,200 base stations in Metro Manila and key urban centers and towns all over the county with its high-speed LTE [Long-Term Evolution] service which is supported by fiber networks of PLDT and Smart,” Peña said.
Smart’s LTE network provides mobile data services with speeds of up to 42 Mbps.
Moreover, Smart has begun conducting tests of LTE-Advanced, the next stage of development of LTE, which is capable of support data services with speeds of from 100 Mbps to 400 Mbps.