PT&T to roll out 5G


    Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) plans to roll out fifth generation (5G) fixed wireless broadband services in the country.

    At its virtual annual stockholders’ meeting last Friday, PT&T said it will be undergoing proof of concept on 5G fixed wireless access soon as part of its strategy to join the 5G bandwagon.

    The company will likely use the 200-megahertz high band spectrum allocated by the National Telecommunications Commission.

    Following a 22 percent increase in its broadband connections, PT&T had a 23 percent revenue growth year-on-year in the first half of the year. Its core earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization surged by 209 percent compared to the same period last year.

    PT&T has a network asset of 14,000 poles equivalent to 13,500 fiber kilometers covering almost 40 percent of the total Philippine population in high growth developing areas.

    An additional 46,000 poles via joint pole agreement have a potential to expand the nationwide network coverage to over 110,000 fiber kms., the company said.