Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) said it has spent P2.5 billion for laying down at least 5,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable to support the rollout of high-speed data services on its fixed and mobile networks.
In a statement, PLDT said the expansion of its fiber optic network is accelerating the deployment of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service, as well as unit Smart Communications Inc’s fourth-generation mobile data service called Long Term Evolution (LTE).
SKYbroadband, one of the Philippines’ leading home Internet broadband providers, set a new residential Internet speed milestone in the country by providing up to 200 megabits per second in close to 300 mid- to high-end villages and subdivisions in Metro Manila. In order to provide a ultra-high-speed broadband offering, SKYbroadband implemented switching technology from Cisco to increase capacity.
At end-2012, PLDT had over 54,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable in its domestic fiber optic network (DFON), which was already more than four times that of its closest competition. That figure has been raised to over 60,000 by mid-2013.
In addition, PLDT has almost 7,200 kilometers of international submarine fiber optic cable and over 4,000 kilometers of domestic submarine fiber cable.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) recently reported a 13 percent increase in its second-quarter net income on gains from the sale of its business process outsourcing (BPO) arm, among other non-recurring gains. In a statement, the country’s largest telecom company said earned P10.53 billion in the April to June period, up from P9.3 billion in the same three-month period last year. This brought the first six months net income to P19.7 billion, up from last year’s P19.3 billion.