PH Internet speeds advances as PLDT steps up fiber roll-out
Fixed broadband speeds up
by 50% according to new Ookla report
MANILA, Philippines, February 21, 2018 –
Fixed broadband internet speeds in the country have improved markedly
as Philippine telecom operators led by PLDT Inc. step up deployment
of fiber-powered facilities.
“These results reflect the growing impact of our ongoing efforts
to provide fiber-powered broadband services to more customers in more
areas of the country,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT SVP and
Head of Consumer Business Market Development.
As of end-2017, the coverage of PLDT’s industry-leading Fiber-to-the-Home
(FTTH) network had reached four million homes passed as of end-2017.
With the ongoing network modernization and upgrade plans in the pipeline,
PLDT expects to reach more homes and businesses across the country as
it expands fixed broadband coverage by about 30 per cent to 5.1 million
In terms of capacity, PLDT will double its fiber and hybrid fiber
broadband capacity from 1.1 million ports as of end 2017 to over 2.2
million ports within the next two years.
Aside from deploying more fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities, PLDT
is also upgrading its copper-based broadband service to the much faster
hybrid fiber connections. By 2019, virtually all of PLDT’s 1.3
million copper-based DSL subscribers will enjoy Fibr-fast internet.
Reyes said the steady rise in the country’s fixed broadband
speeds can be attributed to the company’s response to the growing
demand for digital services from Filipinos who increasingly rely on
the internet for information, entertainment, security and, of course,
“The internet is a basic necessity for most Filipino families.
The robust growth of our subscriber base reflects Filipinos’ voracious
appetite for more than just high-speed connections. Filipinos want digital
services and content that add value and complement their diverse lifestyles,”
In the first half of 2017, PLDT’s home broadband subscriber
base increased 10 per cent to 3.88 million users, while revenue went
up by 12 per cent from P15.8 billion during the same period. Revenue
growth from its Home Segment was driven by data services, which grew
15 per cent to P9.7 billion in the first semester of the previous year.
Reyes added that PLDT’s dominance in home broadband and residential
digital services is a product of the telco giant’s early shift
to digital technology which began with the introduction of DSL.
“Ookla’s latest report reinforces our gains and successes
in bringing high-speed internet to more Filipinos nationwide,”
Reyes concluded. “In the past year, we’ve strengthened our
leadership in the fixed broadband business and we look forward to building
on this momentum as we continue to invest in network infrastructure
that will benefit more Filipino homes.”
PLDT Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan had previously noted that
the “massive effort” to improve and expand PLDT’s
network and the “historically high CAPEX levels” reiterate
the telco leader’s commitment to “deliver better coverage
and quality products and services to our customers.”
The accelerated FTTH roll-out has enabled more customers to access
PLDT Home’s industry-leading products and services, particularly
its SmartHome suite of cutting-edge security devices—the home
monitoring system Fam Cam, the cyber security platform Fam Zone and
the multi-functional kiddie gadget Smart Watch. On the entertainment
end, PLDT Home offers its flagship entertainment platform, the Roku-Powered™
TVolution—an all-in-one box which houses content from top providers
like Cignal, Netflix, iflix and Youtube.
PLDT Home also introduced the Philippines’ first and only Whole
Home WiFi solution, a product-and-service package that connects the
entire home to a strong all-in-one broadband and smart WiFi network.
The PLDT group has invested over P300 billion or approximately $6
billion over the last 10 years in building its integrated fixed and
wireless network, which includes the country’s most extensive
fiber transmission and distribution infrastructure which now has over
170,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables that support the growing data
traffic of its fixed line and mobile networks.