TL:DR: PLDT increases its fiber capacity to accommodate more homes.
PLDT increases its fiber capacity to 10.2 million homes passed with its fiber-to-the-home ports now reaching 700,000 nationwide, the Philippines’ widest fiber network.
“Despite the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, PLDT has been relentless in expanding and upgrading our network. Powered by the fastest broadband in the Philippines, our customers can work, study, earn, and enjoy better at home,” said Butch G. Jimenez, Senior Vice President and Head of PLDT Home Business.
PLDT has also the most extensive and advanced digital transport network in the Philippines with 25 core data centers, three cable landing stations, and 15 international submarine cable network.
According to Mario Tamayo, PLDT-Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering, “We continuously expand and upgrade our network to serve our customers’ growing demand for data and support all of our internet delivery platforms such as fiber fixed broadband, mobile data services via 4G and 5G, and carrier-grade Wi-Fi.”
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Tamayo notes that the fiber network expansion supports PLDT’s wireless network by providing high-capacity links for its base stations. He said, “The fiberized base stations allow faster transmission of data that enables customers to experience better digital experience.”
This year, PLDT has increased its backbone network capacity and allocated Php 88 to 92 Billion of capital expenditure (CAPEX) for its network build-out.