PLDT’s domestic and fiber footprint breached one million kilometers. The huge milestone enhances the telco’s ability to serve its customers by boosting the connectivity needs of individuals, homes, and businesses across the country.
As of end-September, PLDT has expanded its total fiber footprint to about 1,091,000 kilometers, consisting of over 231,000 kilometers of international fiber and almost 860,000 kilometers of domestic fiber.
“Our sustained investments in our network rollout have allowed us to continuously improve customer experience nationwide. Our fast and reliable network has enabled companies’ hybrid work set-ups, online banking and payments for enterprises of all sizes, and the government’s initiatives to digitalize the Philippines,” said Eric Santiago, PLDT Network Head.
As of end-September, PLDT’s fiber infrastructure has passed some 16.8 million homes in 67% of the country’s cities and municipalities. It also supports PLDT’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications’ 77,200 base stations, including 7,300 5G base stations and close to 40,000 4G/LTE base stations deployed nationwide. Smart’s network covers 97% of the population with 3G, LTE, and 5G.
In the first nine months of the year, PLDT also built 1.29 million additional fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ports, bringing total FTTH capacity to 5.9 million.
PLDT also recently announced the start of the initial phase of cable construction of the 9,400-kilometer subsea cable Asia Direct Cable (ADC) in Batangas, with a target completion of all landing links at the end of 2023. When completed, ADC will link seven international cable landing points in the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Once fully equipped, this will provide PLDT with an additional international network capacity of at least 36 Tbps for faster delivery of hyperscale data across East and Southeast Asia.
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The upcoming activation of ADC and Apricot cable systems will increase the number of international submarine cable systems of PLDT to 19, which includes the recently energized Jupiter Cable System. Once fully equipped, the telco’s current global network capacity of 60 Tbps will more than double to over 130 Tbps.
PLDT has invested ₱518.5 billion in total CAPEX over the last ten years, until 2021. Capex for 2022 includes, among others, investment in capacity to support PLDT’s home broadband business and the rise in network traffic.