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PLDT ramps up fiber network deployment

PLDT is undertaking an 18-month modernization program to upgrade customers who are still using the legacy copper-based ADSL service to fiber for free as part of its commitment to level up its telco and digital services in the country.

“Covid-19 has set our agenda for the foreseeable future. At the outset, our task was clearly to keep people connected as the country went into lockdown. Moving forward, we will grow our business by helping our customers – and the country – rebuild their lives and livelihoods with powerful connectivity like fiber, 4G and now 5G, combined with innovative digital solutions,” said Manny V. Pangilinan, chairman and president of PLDT.

PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart president Alfredo S. Panlilio said the upgrade would result in faster internet service for customers at no extra cost.

“The program will boost the internet service of both PLDT Home and Enterprise customers to fiber speeds, at no added cost,” Panlilio added.

During the hard lockdown, PLDT Home gave its Fibr customers a free speed boost of at least 25 Mbps and double-the-data packages for fixed wireless subscribers.

PLDT made adjustments in its work processes and gradually scaled up its installation and repair activities following the easing of quarantine measures.

The group’s fiber optic network footprint has now reached 360,000 kilometers – the country’s most extensive digital data infrastructure.

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