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28 February 2010

Philippine telecom firm expands local fiber optic capacity

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To meet the surge in demand for broadband, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) recently completed another phase of its Digital Fiber Optic Network (DFON) expansion programme to the tune of 600 million peso (1$=46 peso), in addition to a P2.6 B DFON network fortification initiative, reported the Manila Bulletin.

First, the telco has increased the operating capacity of its DFON to more than 1,000 Gbps. PLDT activated an additional 320 Gbps across six (6) network loops nationwide to serve the rising demand for bandwidth as more customers increase their usage of broadband Internet and multi-media services.

In addition, PLDT embarked on a 2.6 billion peso DFON network fortification programme through establishment of loops within the loops to enhance network resiliency not only to protect the existing businesses of PLDT but also to drive new businesses nationwide.

To date, PLDT already completed the third fiber optic cable leg to Baguio while the 1,220 Km third fiber optic cable leg between Lucena and Cebu traversing through Bicol, Masbate, Panay and Negros islands is expected to be completed middle of this year.

“We are adding capacity to serve the fast-growing needs of our customers for bandwidth," according to PLDT President and CEO Napoleon Nazareno.

"We are improving resiliency to ensure uninterrupted service, and adding density so that the network will be able to serve more communities in its footprint," he explained.

"These projects will spur growth in local economies by making these locations more attractive investment areas, especially for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) locators," Nazareno went on.

"This will expand broadband coverage so that more Filipinos, including those in rural areas, can connect to the world through the internet.”

PLDT Customer Service and Marketing Group Head and SVP Eric Alberto noted that the completion of the latest DFON expansion programme will strengthen PLDT’s leadership in the increasingly competitive broadband market.

“Our superior backbone network will enable us to offer our customers the best possible user experience of broadband, particularly in such high-bandwidth services such as video and multimedia,” Alberto noted.


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