PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has expanded its Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network to over 400 cell sites as of September, strengthening its leadership in providing high-speed Internet services to more Filipino homes all over the country.
“We are continuously expanding our TD-LTE network to further strengthen connections at home, especially for those in remote areas, by providing access to the Internet and allowing them to experience the benefits of broadband connectivity,” said Ariel Fermin, PLDT executive vice president and head of Home Business.
TD-LTE is one of the two wireless data transmission technologies that fall under the international standard of LTE, the other being Frequency-Division Duplex (LTE FDD) which is used by mobile networks. LTE is also known as a 4G technology.
The Philippines’ TD-LTE network is one of the largest deployments in Asia Pacific with over 400 base stations and an allocated bandwidth of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).
In 2013, PLDT earmarked P2 billion to bring the country’s first TD-LTE technology that enables high-speed wireless broadband services to Filipino homes.
The current total of over 400 cell sites has more than doubled the PLDT’s 200 TD-LTE sites installed as of April this year, including new installations in Cagayan province in Northern Luzon and Davao del Sur in Mindanao.
The additional TD-LTE cell sites will further expand the reach of the PLDT service in existing sites, such as Cebu, and cover new areas like the province of Bohol and the tourist center of Boracay, Aklan. The expansion also covers other provinces in central and southern Luzon and Mindanao.
These facilities enable PLDT to deliver its HOME Bro Ultera service that provides speed of up to 10 Mbps.
“This complements our efforts to offer broadband to the entire Philippines via fiber-to-the-home and Next Generation Network services,” PLDT Group Technology Head Rolando Peña said. ROSALIE PERIABRAS