About P2 billion has been spent by Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) for the installation of the first Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) sites from Cagayan province in northern Luzon to Davao del Sur in Mindanao. According to industry data, the Philippines’ TD-LTE network is one of the largest in Asia Pacific with over 200 base stations and an allocated bandwidth of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).
PLDT Technology Group Head Rolando Pena said the sites would complement the company’s efforts to provide broadband to the entire country through fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and Next Generation Network (NGN) services. Source
The P2 billion TD-LTE investment last year was part of the P28.8 billion capital expenditures of the PLDT Group in 2013 that expanded its fiber optic footprint to 78,000 kilometers.
Aside from Metro Manila and Cebu, PLDT TD-LTE sites are also in Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bataan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Aurora, Cagayan, Abra, and Nueva Vizcaya in Northern and Central Luzon; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Sorsogon, and Palawan in Southern Luzon; Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, and Leyte in the Visayas; and Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao. Source
“We are using LTE-FDD for our mobile networks and TD-LTE for fixed wireless broadband services, running on separate frequency bands. This ensures sufficient capacity for our fixed and mobile high-speed broadband services,” said PLDT technology head, Rolando Pena.
“This will surely transform the Filipino family’s internet experience by giving them ready access to multimedia services like social media, movies, games, and music,” he added.
“We are committed to bring Internet access to each city and municipality in the country. TD-LTE will help us achieve that objective,” he said.