PLDT’s newly deployed submarine fiber cable links improve internet service and enhance connectivity in Bantayan and Camotes islands in Cebu.
This connects Bantayan Island to Daanbantayan, also in Cebu, which is one of PLDT’s gateways to Luzon. In May, a submarine cable also landed in Brgy. Kabac, Bantayan Island, connecting the island to Bacolod City.
This continuous expansion of PLDT’s nationwide fiber infrastructure also includes the recent submarine cable landing at Camotes Island on June 19, which connects it to Mandaue City and Ormoc City.
These developments enable PLDT to rollout fiber across the islands, providing fast and reliable fiber-powered services to individual customers, families, and businesses. This will also allow Smart to level up its mobile services, particularly for LTE and 5G.
These submarine cable links also fortify existing fiber links and enhance the resiliency of PLDT’s network by providing alternate routes for data traffic, ensuring connectivity for customers.
This project is part of the PLDT Group’s sustained investments in their network. Network-related initiatives made up the bulk of the ₱89 billion spend for 2021. This brings PLDT’s total capex spent over the last 10 years to ₱518.5 billion. Capex guidance for 2022 is at ₱85 billion.
As of end-March 2022, PLDT’s fiber infrastructure was at 803,000 kilometers. This also supports Smart’s mobile network, which had 76,600 total base stations nationwide, supporting its 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G customers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, including around 7,300 5G base stations.