Typhoons, landslides and public works diggings make Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) Northern Luzon network vulnerable to fiber cuts, with this, the telecommunications company set aside P1.3 billion to strengthen the 600 kilometers of fiber in its Northern Luzon network that would benefit its 11 million subscribers.
The fortification program will benefit the estimated 11 million subscribers of PLDT mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular and about 450,000 customers of PLDT HOME as well as enterprises in Northern Luzon.
“The ongoing fortification program for our Northern Luzon domestic fiber optic network 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 typhoon, landslides and public works diggings,” said Rolando Peña, PLDT Network Group head.
Peña reported that PLDT has so far completed work in the network covering Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan province.
He added 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 March this year.
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. As a result, PLDT’s network remains unrivalled in terms of capacity, coverage and resiliency.
Earlier this year, the company 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, boosting its services in the fast-growing tourism and business process outsourcing hubs in Central Philippines.
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 to meet the rapidly increasing demand for robust and reliable telecoms and data services in one of the country’s top tourist destinations.