Leading multimedia provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said it is set to invest more than P1 billion in fortifying its fiber advantage.
The plan involves rolling out an additional 15,000 kilometers of new fiber optic cable facilities this year. This will extend the PLDT Group’s fiber network to nearly 100,000 kilometers by the end of 2014, it said.
“We are further fortifying our fiber advantage, which is critical to our ability to handle the expected explosion of data traffic in the coming years,” PLDT President and Chief Executive Officer Napoleon Nazareno said in a statement.
“Our changing revenue mix underscores that our future clearly lies in
data and fiber, driving our strategic investments in technical infrastructure in recent years and giving us a decisive advantage in today’s data-driven world,” he added.
By the end of the first quarter of 2014, PLDT has expanded its fiber optic network to 85,000 kilometers. The aggressive expansion of PLDT’s fiber optic network will continue this year, according to Nazareno.
Last year’s fiber expansion program covered the domestic fiber optic network (DFON) used for long haul applications, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-in-the-loop (FITL), and other inter-office fibering systems.
The fiber-to-the-home project made PLDT’s high-speed internet services available to about 2 million homes in different parts of the country, such as Metro Manila, the regions of Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, and the provinces of Panay, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Davao.
Early this year, PLDT has completed the installation of more than 150 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cables that linked the island of Bohol to the major network centers in the Visayas and Mindanao, boosting the telco’s services in the fast-growing tourism areas.
It has also accomplished the rollout of 620 kilometers state-of-the-art fiber optic inland and submarine cables that now connect the tourism-rich Palawan province in the western Philippines to the PLDT network and to the rest of the country and the world.
In northern Luzon, PLDT is set to strengthen almost 600 kilometers of fiber this year.