Telco giant PLDT has laid down fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities in General Santos City, making it the first “Fibr City” in Mindanao.
Undertaken in partnership with the GenSan local government, the FTTH roll-out will benefit the growing data connectivity needs of the whole SOCCSKSARGEN region which is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani.
“GenSan’s robust export industry and burgeoning medium to large enterprises, as well as its growing and diverse population, fits the profile of a Fibr City,” said PLDT FVP and head of Home Business Oscar Enrico A. Reyes Jr.
Residents in the city can now experience equal upload and download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, and gain access to entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners and providers at subscription fees starting at P1,899 per month.
According to GenSan City mayor Ronnel Rivera: “We are excited and proud to be among the first Fibr cities of PLDT. We are looking forward to this continued partnership that will bring world-class Internet service to homes and businesses in our city.”
Earlier this year, PLDT completed its first ever “Fibr City” project with the roll-out of FTTH facilities in Toledo City, Cebu, serving the fast-growing city’s residents and its mining and tourism industries.
With a footprint of around 2.8 million homes passed as of end-2016, PLDT is further expanding the reach of its FTTH network to about 4.4 million homes passed by the end of the year.
To further extend the reach of its fiber-speed internet service, PLDT has also started to deploy hybrid fiber technologies such as Huawei Technologies’ G.fast which can boost data speeds up to 600-700 Mbps over existing copper lines.
PLDT said all of its subscribers will be in “smart homes” by end-2018. The company has invested over P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years in building its integrated fixed and wireless network, which includes the country’s most extensive fiber transmission and distribution infrastructure which now has 150,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables.