PLDT to shift customers to fiber in 18 months

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    PLDT Inc. has initiated a modernization program that will upgrade its copper-based ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) customers to fiber within the next 18 months.

    This program will boost the internet service of both PLDT Home and Enterprise customers to fiber speeds at no added cost, according to Alfredo Panlilio, PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart Communications Inc. president.

    “With this modernization program, PLDT sets out to reinforce the drive to install new fiber connections and meet the ever-increasing demand for high-speed internet access for more homes and businesses. It is an essential need, especially in these times of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Panlilio.

    During the stricter community quarantine period in the country, PLDT Home gave its Fibr customers free speed boost of at least 25 megabits per second and double-the-data packages for fixed wireless subscribers.

    PLDT continued its network expansion program despite the pandemic. It extended the reach of its fixed broadband service to cover some 7.8 million homes passed in the first half of 2020, up 8 percent from end-2019.

    The total number of available fiber-powered ports increased 5 percent to 3.67 million, with 1.6 million available for new customers.

    PLDT said the total footprint of its fiber optic network has reached 360,000 kilometers, the country’s most extensive digital data infrastructure.

    The company increased capital expenditure (capex) to P70 billion for 2020, on top of the P260 billion total capital spending from 2015 to 2019.