PLDT targets 6M homes for fiber coverage by 2020
Telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. aims to supply its ultra-fast internet connection to six million homes by 2020.
PLDT’s fiber network covered four million homes as of the end of 2017, up 43 percent from the previous year.
“By 2019, virtually all of PLDT’s 1.2 million copper-based DSL subscribers will enjoy fiber-fast internet,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT.
Along with greater coverage, PLDT has also increased the capacity of its fixed broadband network to over one million ports as of the end of December last year or double the number two years ago.
“Because of this rapid expansion of fiber-fast world-class connectivity, PLDT customers are able to enjoy seamless viewing of their favorite movies, listen to their music playlist, play online games without any lags, or simply visit and engage on their social networking sites,” said PLDT seior vice president Oscar Reyes.
PLDT is deploying fiber-fast connectivity through the installation of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities and the “fibrization” of its existing copper-based network through hybrid technologies such as VVDSL and G.fast which are used extensively in Germany and South Korea, respectively.
FTTH can deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps while hybrid fiber can provide data speeds ranging from 100 Mbps (for VVDSL) up to 500 Mbps (for G.fast) over copper lines.