PLDT board OKs P544-M data network expansion plan

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Photo credit: ITU Photo credit: ITU[/caption] The dominant carrier said in a meeting Tuesday, the PLDT board approved the DFON expansion project, the 18th since the transmission network was launched in 1997. The expansion is in anticipation of the rapidly rising data usage of the PLDT Group?s subscriber base and the need to strengthen the resiliency of its extensive fiber network, the company said. ?We are undertaking this project because our broadband subscriber base is growing in all market segments ? among individual or home customers in both fixed and mobile businesses as well as in the large and small enterprises segments,? said Napoleon L. Nazareno, Smart president and CEO. Last week, PLDT?s wireless subsidiaries launched a special offer to provide free mobile Internet for the 66 million prepaid subscribers of Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular. Initially available up to November 30, this unprecedented move is expected to boost mobile data usage among prepaid subscribers who currently do not use their mobile handsets to go online. Part of the PLDT Group?s P32-billion capital expenditure program for this year, this expansion project involves the installation of higher-capacity equipment that will provide increased bandwidth and speeds for PLDT DSL subscribers, particularly in Metro Manila, Visayan and northern Mindanao regions. It will also supply added data capacity for mobile subscribers of Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular, particularly in the Visayan and Mindanao regions. The project will also boost bandwidth for corporate leased lines and other enterprise requirements in the islands of Luzon and the Visayas, the company further said. ?With demand for high-speed internet services rising, we are making timely investments in order to stay ahead of these anticipated trends,? said Roland G. Pena, PLDT technology head. This capacity expansion project comes in the heels of the extension of the PLDT DFON?s coverage to the islands of Palawan and Bohol, which is expected to boost the outsourcing and tourism industries in these areas. These moves are in support of industry initiatives to locate more outsourcing companies in different parts of the country. It also follows Smart?s move to expand the footprint of the Group?s high-speed wireless broadband network by adding another 1,400 4G LTE cell sites by the end of this year. This includes FDD-LTE sites for Smart?s mobile phone service and TD-LTE sites for PLDT Home?s wireless broadband service.]]>

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