After the activation of fiber optic cable (FOC) links connecting the islands to the rest of the country, the Philippines’ largest integrated telco network, PLDT, is improving the quality of its service in the island provinces of Marinduque, Romblon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Panay, Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, Samar, and Negros.
The Enhanced Resiliency of DFON Loops 4 and 5 (eRDL45) project, which is part of PLDT’s ongoing efforts to expand the reach of its network across the country, includes more than 2,000 kilometers of submarine and inland FOC links and aims to make the network more resilient and ready to support future services such as 5G.
With fiber cables now connecting the island provinces, PLDT Home will be able to provide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services to residents and businesses in the area. Customers of PLDT’s wireless business, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), may expect a better mobile data experience, particularly for those using LTE and 5G phones.
Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which has a total length of 743,700 kilometers as of end-2021.
“Fiber is the way of the future, and we’re providing it to more Filipinos right now. We are able to provide the greatest digital experience for our 5G/LTE and FTTH customers as we connect more islands in our country with fiber “Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart’s Head of Technology, stated.
“These submarine cable links also improve the reliability of our network by offering other pathways for data traffic in the case of fiber failures, ensuring that our customers are constantly connected,” Tamayo added.
This initiative is part of the PLDT Group’s ongoing network investments. The majority of the 89 billion spent in 2021 will go toward network-related initiatives. This raises the total capital expenditures over the last ten years to 518.5 billion dollars. PLDT plans to invest between 76 and 80 billion in demand-driven capex in 2022.