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PLDT initiates rollout of fiber Internet in Mindanao
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:08:01 AM »
PLDT initiates rollout of fiber Internet in Mindanao

MANILA, April 10 (PNA) -- Telecoms and digital services provider PLDT Inc. has deployed its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities in General Santos City, making it the first ‘Fibr City’ to deliver faster broadband Internet in Mindanao.

The FTTH rollout will address the data connectivity needs of the whole SOCCSKSARGEN region which comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Saranggani.

“GenSan’s robust export industry and burgeoning medium to large enterprises, as well as its growing and diverse population, fits the profile of a Fibr City,” PLDT First Vice President and Head of Home Business Oscar Enrico A. Reyes Jr explained in a statement.

The rollout of the PLDT fiber Internet is part of the company’s ongoing expansion plans to provide faster Internet services to residences.

“PLDT Home Fibr will provide GenSan’s residents with the platform, the power and the connection they need to take advantage of the vast opportunities in these rapidly evolving digital times,” according to Reyes.

Residents in the city may now experience equal upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second (GBPs) and gain access to entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners and renowned providers like iflix, Netflix, Fox+, and iWant TV, among others, at subscription fees of as low as Php 1,899 per month.

Families will also enjoy added peace of mind with home security devices such as the home monitoring system Fam Cam, the cyber security platform Fam Zone and the multi-functional kiddie gadget Smart Watch.

“We are excited and proud to be among the first Fibr cities of PLDT. We are looking forward to this continued partnership that will bring world-class internet service to homes and businesses in our city,” General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said.

PLDT completed earlier this year its first ever “Fibr City” project with the roll-out of FTTH facilities in Toledo City, Cebu, serving the fast-growing city’s residents and its mining and tourism industries.

PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said that the telco company aimed to further increase the number of Smart Homes and Fibr Cities across the country.

With a footprint of around 2.8 million homes passed as of end-2016, PLDT is eyeing to expand the coverage of its FTTH network to about 4.4 million homes passed by the end of the year, making available the ultra-fast internet connection to more Filipino families in various parts of the country.

It has started to deploy hybrid fiber technologies such as Huawei Technologies’ which can boost data speeds of up to 600-700 megabits per second (Mbps) to strengthen its fiber Internet services.

PLDT envisions that all of its subscribers will be in “smart homes” by end-2018. Enabled by its combined FTTH and fiber-fast services, PLDT will continue to have a robust and efficient platform for offering its growing portfolio of entertainment, “peace of mind,” and other “Smart Home” services.

PLDT Group has invested over PHP 300 billion or USD 6 billion over the last 10 years to build its integrated fixed and wireless network, which includes the country’s most extensive fiber transmission and distribution infrastructure which now has 150,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables that support the growing data traffic of its fixed line and mobile networks. (PNA)
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