THE Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is investing P544 million to boost the capacity of its 90,000-kilometer domestic fiber optic network (DFON) by 520 Gigabits per second , which will raise its DFON footprint by 13 percent to 4.6 terabits per second upon the expansion project’s completion in the first quarter of 2015.
“We are undertaking this project because our broadband subscriber base is growing in all market segments –among individual or home customers in both fixed and mobile businesses, as well as in the large and small enterprise segments,” said Napoleon Nazareno, PLDT president and chief executive officer.
He added that the bandwidth requirement per customer continues to rise as more services and applications become available through the Internet.
In its meeting Tuesday, the PLDT Board approved the DFON expansion project, the 18th since the transmission network was launched in 1997, in anticipation of the rapidly rising data usage of the PLDT Group’s subscriber base and the need to strengthen the resiliency of its fiber network.
“The PLDT Group is also expanding the footprint of its domestic broadband coverage to serve more parts of the country, and we are adding capacity to maintain the resiliency of our growing network,” Nazareno said.
“Our investment program enables us to maintain the superiority of our network infrastructure, which is the most extensive and robust in the country,” he added.
Last week, PLDT’s wireless subsidiaries launched a special offer to provide free mobile Internet for 66 million prepaid subscribers of Smart, Talk N Text, and Sun Cellular.
Available for free until November 30, this offer is expected to boost mobile data usage among prepaid subscribers who currently do not use their mobile handsets to go online.
Part of the PLDT Group’s P32-billion capital expenditure program for this year, this expansion project involves the installation of higher-capacity equipment that will provide increased bandwidth and speeds for PLDT DSL subscribers, particularly in Metro Manila, Visayas and northern Mindanao.