PLDT taps 7 int?l, local firms for fiber-to-the-home rollout

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According to PLDT-Smart technology group head Rolando Pena, the contractors were tasked to deliver to millions of Filipino homes the full range of broadband internet services through the ultra-fast FTTH broadband delivery platform nationwide. The companies in the optical fiber and cable systems industry being tapped by PLDT in the initial rollout are Chinese telecom suppliers Huawei Technologies, FiberHome, Sunsea Telecom Ltd, and Tyco Electronics, Singapore-based Fujikura Asia Ltd, Sweden?s Ericsson Telecommunications, and company Fibercom Telecom Phils. The first phase of the two-year program, which costs about P1 billion, will be completed by the end of this year with some 90,000 fiber optic lines that ?pass by? one million homes. As of mid-October, the PLDT Group has already laid down over 40,000 fiber optic lines, distributed in various residential areas in Metro Manila and some key provinces and cities. The initial FTTH rollout will cover Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao. Pena explained that the nationwide FTTH expansion program will install around 240,000 access ports from which fiber links can be brought to residences by end-2013. These fiber cable facilities will ?pass by? over two million homes ? the potential market that can be served by these facilities. Earlier, PLDT?s Home Business launched its ultra-fast fiber optic service known as PLDT Fibr. With an Internet speed of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps), PLDT Fibr is now serving upscale residential villages nationwide, including Forbes Park, Dasmarinas Village, and Ayala Alabang. ]]>

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