PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said on Tuesday it expects to complete the below-ground installation of its fiber optic data transmission network in the first half of 2015.
Telecom leader PLDT said it will complete the strengthening of almost 600 kilometers of fiber optic cables in its Northern Luzon network this year with an investment of around P1.3 billion over two years.
“The ongoing fortification program for our Northern Luzon domestic fiber optic network (DFON) will make our network more resilient and less susceptible to fiber breaks that could result in the disruption of our services. These areas are vulnerable to fiber cuts due to typhoons, landslides, and public works diggings,” PLDT Network Group head Rolando Pena said in a statement.
The fortification program will benefit the estimated 11 million subscribers of PLDT mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular and around 450,000 customers of PLDT HOME as well as enterprises in northern Luzon.
Pena said PLDT has so far completed work in the network linking Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, and Cagayan Province.
Pena noted that below-ground installation is ongoing for the San Fernando, La Union to Candon, Ilocos Sur link. This segment is expected to be completed by next March.
Meanwhile, the Cagayan Province link from Tuguegarao to Ballesteros covering 124 kilometers is expected to be completed by October.
The PLDT Group has continued to invest in its fiber optic network to reach over 78,000 kilometers, far ahead of competition. PLDT earlier this year completed the installation of over 150 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cables that will link the island of Bohol with the major network centers in Visayas and Mindanao.
It has also completed the rollout of nearly 300 kilometers of state-of-the-art submarine fiber optic cables linking Palawan Province in Western Philippines to the rest of the PLDT network.