Telco leader PLDT outlined its nationwide fiber network rollout efforts
at the recent FTTH APAC Conference held at the Shangri-La at The Fort.
"As the preferred digital partner of Filipinos, we understand how
access to mobile data and internet speed can make a huge difference
in their lives,” said PLDT SVP and Head of Consumer Business Market
Development Oscar A. Reyes Jr., who took the podium on the second day
of the conference. "Our network expansion and modernization programs
represent our commitment to bring high-speed internet to more Filipino
The last few years have seen PLDT leading nationwide network development,
rolling out the country's first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network and
embarking on a massive modernization drive that has transformed its
legacy copper-based broadband grid into the much-faster hybrid fiber
With the network upgrade plan, PLDT surpassed coverage for 4.1 million
homes nationwide by the end of 2017. It expects to provide fixed broadband
coverage to over 5.3 million homes and businesses by end of this year,
and foresees virtually all of its 1.3 million copper-based DSL subscribers
enjoying Fibr-fast internet services by 2019.
PLDT's FTTH network rollout is now driving the growth of the country’s
fixed broadband speeds.
The company has been spearheading the Fibr-powered SmartCity and
SmartProvince program to advance fiber connections beyond Metropolitan
Manila. This development has so far reached north in Bataan and south
in Cavite; extending further to the Visayas in Naga City, Bicol; Toledo
City, Cebu; and Mindanao at Cagayan de Oro, General Santos City, Isulan,
The 90-year-old telecom conglomerate has introduced the SmartHome,
providing customers a convenient suite of Connectivity, Entertainment,
Security, and Convergence.90
Also earlier this year, PLDT's mobile arm, Smart, was also awarded
by OpenSignal for having the country’s fastest LTE network with
four citations including best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall
download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance.
A mobile analytics firm, OpenSignal uses crowdsourcing and scientific
analysis to provide the definitive guide on the outlook of mobile networks
across the world.
"We strive to work and explore the latest digital innovations for
the benefit of every Filipino generation, today and the future," Reyes
PLDT hosted the conference which brings together Asia Pacific’s
telecom leaders and policy makers to address the socioeconomic benefits
of deep fiber and provide a platform for sharing technologies and strategies
that have produced real success.