The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is investing more than P1 billion to expand its fiber network in Bohol to meet increased demand for telecoms and data services in the province, which is major tourist destination.
PLDT said that Bohol is also hosting expansion of call centers and outsourcing industries, and implementing major development projects such as the New Bohol International Airport in Panglao Island.
The P1-billion fiber expansion program in Bohol is part of PLDT’s P29-billion capital expenditures programmed for 2013.
In a statement, Napoleon Nazareno, president and chief executive officer, said that, “This fiber expansion program will enable PLDT to fully serve the growing communications requirements of the tourism and other industries in the province.”
The fiber optic cable (FOC) expansion projects in Bohol include the roll-out of two legs of inland and submarine cables that will add more than 280 kilometers of fiber to PLDT’s network there.
One leg of the FOC expansion that will run across Bohol’s southwest coastal corner is set to be completed by March 2014, while the northeast corner leg is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of next year.
These will boost the existing 90-kilometer fiber network in Panglao Island and Tagbilaran City that supports the information and communications technology projects for the proposed international airport in Panglao.
PLDT Group Technology head Rolando Peña also said that the Bohol fiber expansion project will provide the company’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) a third leg link between Tagbilaran and Cagayan de Oro that will also make the Mindanao network more resilient and less susceptible to outage.
PLDT’s current infrastructure in Bohol—which runs along Tagbilaran, Baclayon and Dauis—serves more than 500,000 wireless subscribers and about 2,000 fixed wireless broadband subscribers, with more than 4,000 fixed lines that could increase to more than 5,000 by 2014 after completion of the project. PLDT continues to fortify its fiber advantage as it expects to further extend its fiber assets to over 71,000 kilometers by yearend.
“This gives us a decisive edge not only in the traditional fixed and mobile business, but more importantly, in data and video services,” Nazareno said.