Today, most Filipino families consider the internet as a basic necessity. They rely on the internet for information, entertainment, security, and of course, communication. Aside from the basic connectivity, internet speed is important in homes and businesses.
I am rather pleased that the PLDT’s promise to increase internet speed is becoming a reality through its deployment of fiber-powered facilities. In its latest Speedtest Global Index report, Ookla, a leading global Internet testing and analysis firm, said that the country’s download speeds increased 50 percent from 10.16 Mbps to 15.67 Mbps, while upload speeds jumped from 7.28 Mbps to 13.53 Mbps.
According to Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT SVP and Head of Consumer Business Market Development, “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”. He further pointed out that 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.
In 2017, the coverage of PLDT’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network had reached 4 million homes. 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 to 5.1 million homes. Capacity wise, PLDT will double its fiber and hybrid fiber broadband capacity from 1.1 million ports to over 2.2 million ports within the next two years. By 2019, 1.3 million copper-based DSL subscribers will enjoy Fibr-fast internet.
Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan committed to deliver better coverage and quality products and services to its customers. With the FTTH roll-out, customers gained access to PLDT Home’s products and services, particularly its SmartHome suite of security devices that include 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.
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