PLDT expands fiber network

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    The fiber infrastructure of PLDT Inc. has increased by 29 percent in the first nine months of the year versus last year.

    The company’s fiber network has reached 395,000 kilometers as of end-September from 307,000 kms last year, supporting all the internet delivery platforms such as fiber fixed broadband, mobile data services via 4G and increasingly 5G, and carrier-grade WiFi.

    “ Expansion works are ongoing to extend PLDT’s footprint by another 81,000 kms, 31,000 kms more in 2020 and 50,000 in 2021,” said Mario Tamayo PLDT-Smart senior vice president for network planning and engineering.

    The company’s backbone network capacity as of end-September is at 55 terabits per second. With its ongoing works, PLDT is looking to increase this capacity further by another 37 terabits per second.