Leading telco and digital services provider PLDT will expand the reach of
its fiber-powered fixed line network by about 80% to 4.4 million homes passed by
the end of 2017, making available ultra-fast internet connection via its
fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service accessible to Filipino families in more areas
of the country.
“We are stepping up our efforts to deliver unrivalled internet services to
more homes in various parts of the country, from the Ilocos provinces in the
North to Zamboanga in the South,” said PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V.
Late last year, PLDT's fiber network covered 2.5 million homes passed
nationwide after an aggressive roll out of fiber facilities. This year's
expansion plan will add 1.9 million homes to the market that can be served.
The FTTH service will be delivered through PLDT HOME Fibr, the country’s most
powerful broadband, that can deliver internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per
second (Gbps) which allows browsing of multiple websites, uploading of hundreds
of photos, and downloading of a full-length movie in just seconds.
PLDT FVP and Home Operations Head Oscar Enrico Reyes said PLDT HOME Fibr also
features the country's first symmetrical speed service which provides equal
upload and download speeds.
This feature enables families to better enjoy entertainment from renowned
digital partners like iflix, Fox Networks Group, Netflix, Roku, and iWant TV,
and also popular multiplayer online games like League of Legends, Vainglory,
Super Mario Run and Dota 2.
“PLDT Home Fibr also provides a more robust platform for a growing range of
Smart Home services. For example, home security services such as FamCam, the
monitoring device that makes it possible for parents to watch over their family
wherever they are, as well as FamZone which allows them to keep their children
safe online,” Reyes added.
Among the areas now covered by fiber-powered internet connections are Laoag,
Baguio City, Vigan City, and Tuguegarao in Northern Luzon; Tarlac, Cabanatuan
City, and San Fernando, Pampanga in Central Luzon; and, Puerto Princesa and El
Nido in Palawan, down to the Bicol region cities of Sorsogon, Naga, and Legazpi.
Also fiber-ready are major urban areas in the Visayas region, with the most
extensive footprint in the cities of Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, and
Tagbilaran. In Mindanao, PLDT’s fiber has already reached key provinces and
cities, including Cotabato, Davao, General Santos City, Koronadal, and
Complementing its accelerated rollout of FTTH services, PLDT is starting to
deploy hybrid fiber technologies that can deliver super-fast broadband service
through regular phone lines in buildings and residences.
PLDT is utilizing the hybrid fiber technologies of KT Corporation (formerly
Korea Telecom) called GiGa Wire and Huawei Technologies' G fast that can provide
data speeds of up to 600-700 Mbps per user. Both technologies work by connecting
buildings and dwellings with fiber optic cables and using special equipment to
enable the internal copper wiring of these structures to deliver fiber-like data
PLDT has invested P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years to
roll-out the country's most expansive network infrastructure. In 2016, it set
aside P48 billion or about $1 billion for capital expenditures, a significant
portion of which was allocated for the domestic fiber infrastructure.