PLDT completes P1-B fiber optic expansion in Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Incorporated completed its P1-billion domestic fiber optic cable links expansion in Mindanao, boosting its capacity and network in the region.
PLDT said in a statement on Sunday, October 22, that the fiber optic cables have been installed underground, making these less vulnerable to damage caused by strong winds, falling trees, and utility poles.
Spanning over 300 kilometers, the fiber infrastructure runs through the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Davao del Sur.
"With the completion of this project, customers using our fixed and mobile phone networks in Mindanao will experience even more superior voice, data, and multimedia services," said PLDT chairman and chief executive officer Manuel Pangilinan. (READ: PLDT builds 1st 'Fibr City' in Mindanao)
PLDT said this move adds to the capacity in the domestic fiber optic network (DFON) facilities in the area, which has over 300 gigabits per second (gbps) installed in the local loop. The firm targets to raise the capacity to 400 gbps by the end of 2017.
The newly-installed fiber optic cables augment the existing network that spans from Cagayan de Oro to Malaybalay, Davao, Tagum, Bayugan, and Butuan.
"This fiber redundancy project opens up the region for more investment and development projects that will be enabled by PLDT's expanded network capacity, and improve the quality of services to industries and consumers located in Mindanao," said PLDT chief revenue officer Eric Alberto.
PLDT has invested P300 billion over the last decade to roll out its expansive network infrastructure both for domestic and international. (READ: PLDT, Globe sign IP peering after 6 years)
In 2016 alone, it set aside P48 billion in capital spending budget, allocating bulk of it to further expand and fortify its domestic fiber infrastructure.
This year, PLDT announced the expansion of its fiber-powered fixed line network by about 80% to reach around 4 million homes passed by the end of 2017.
PLDT said it is also deploying hybrid technology to allow existing customers connected via copper facilities to enjoy fiber-like speeds. – Rappler.com