PLDT steps up customer fiber upgrades, cable cleanup in Lingayen

PLDT accelerates the fiber upgrade of customers in Lingayen, Pangasinan, as part of the Company’s national expansion to satisfy the growing demand for high-speed internet connectivity. Along with the fiberization campaign, PLDT is ensuring the prompt removal of idled copper cables, thus supporting cleaner cities by seamless connectivity.

Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil expressed gratitude to the PLDT team for their cleaning efforts, which made the streets along Lingayen Poblacion safer and cleaner.

“Thank you, PLDT for your immediate response to relocate your wires. Other telcos, I’m sorry but we will start cutting those spaghetti wires, to put order to our town,” said Mayor Bataoil in a Facebook post.

This year, PLDT intends to convert 365,000 more copper-based subscribers to fibre. PLDT’s cleanup campaign, which includes proactive repair activities, is in accordance with federal bills as well as resolutions and ordinances from local government units (LGUs) compelling energy providers to sweep up the country’s streets with sagging wires, tilting posts, and the like.

“We intend to implement the programmed preventive maintenance on the barangay level, starting with those having high trouble index and poor line condition,” said Debbie M. Hu, PLDT-Smart Network Operations First Vice President.

Apart from Lingayen, Hu pointed out PLDT is also doing several preventive maintenances works in other areas which are triggered by requests from LGUs and netizens’ reports.

Included in preventive maintenance are the following activities: replacement, relocation, or re-attachment of network access points, distribution points, local convergence points, closures, and poles; replacement, relocation, and rehabilitation of cross-connect cabinets and main distribution frames; replacement and repair of manhole covers; re-tensioning and regrooming of fiber and copper cables; and recovery of idle cables.

Service improvement is also being delivered by PLDT’s fiber optic network, the country’s most extensive digital data infrastructure with a footprint that now reaches over 478,000 kilometers as of the end of the first quarter of 2021.

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