PLDT spending P1B for fiber backbone in 4 Mindanao provinces

Telco giant PLDT said it is set to complete this year the nearly P1 billion fiber optic cable link that directly connects the provinces of Agusan to Davao.

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Spanning nearly 320 kilometers, the fiber infrastructure will run through four provinces in Mindanao – Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur.

“In line with the government’s thrust of accelerating economic growth in Mindanao, the fortified FOC, which is part of PLDT’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON), will provide unrivalled communications services to our fixed and wireless customers, including homes and businesses in these provinces,” said PLDT chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

He pointed out that the reinforced fiber network can provide reliable service even under disruptive conditions such as typhoons and earthquakes.

“The underground fiber optic cables that we are installing here are less susceptible to cuts caused by strong winds, falling trees, and utility poles. With a more resilient and reliable connectivity in Mindanao, our customers in the area will be able to experience high quality voice, data, and multimedia services as they connect with their family, friends, and business associates in other parts of the country and the world,” Pangilinan said.

The telco firm has also recently completed three major ICT projects in Davao, namely, PLDT’s fourth cable landing station, a Innovations Laboratory (Innolab), and the PLDT Group’s eighth data center – the first in Mindanao.

PLDT has invested P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years to roll out the country’s most expansive network infrastructure. In 2016, it set aside P48 billion or about $1 billion for capital expenditures, a significant portion of which was allocated for the domestic fiber infrastructure.

In a recent development, PLDT has announced the expansion of its fiber-powered fixed line network by about 80% to 4.4 million homes passed by the end of 2017, making available ultra-fast internet connection via its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service accessible to more families from the Ilocos provinces in the North to Zamboanga in the South.

Complementing its accelerated rollout of FTTH services, PLDT is starting to deploy hybrid fiber technologies that can deliver super-fast broadband service through regular phone lines in buildings and residences.

PLDT is utilizing the hybrid fiber technologies of KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom) called GiGa Wire and Huawei Technologies’ G fast that can provide data speeds of up to 600-700 Mbps per user.

Both technologies work by connecting buildings and dwellings with fiber optic cables and using special equipment to enable the internal copper wiring of these structures to deliver fiber-like data speeds.

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