Telco upgrade continues

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    PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. have continued their network expansion nationwide despite the community lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a statement, PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. said they accelerated the rollout of their fiber and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks during the first eight months of the year.

    As of August, PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, the most extensive in the country, spans 382,500 kilometers, 19 percent more than it was in end-2019, as it boosts the coverage of its fiber-powered fixed network to 8.1 million homes, up 12 percent from end-2019.

    Alongside this increase in fixed network coverage, PLDT said it also increased its available capacity by 8 percent to 3.78 million ports.

    Meanwhile, Smart further ramped up its LTE rollout, increasing the number of LTE base stations on its network by 15 percent to 28,200 as of end-August. Smart added it recently expanded its commercial fifth generation (5G) service nationwide, rolling out more 5G sites in Visayas and Mindanao, including key areas in Boracay, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.

    Globe, for its part, has expanded 5G to more areas in Metro Manila and nearby locations.
    Globe had added over 30 new 5G locations in Quezon City, Manila, Marikina, Caloocan,

    Valenzuela, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Las Piñas, Makati, Taguig, Parañaque and strategic areas along South Luzon Expressway and North Luzon Expressway.

    Globe said its 5G network coverage expansion is a huge milestone, expanding from the central business districts of Bonifacio Global City, Makati, Rockwell Center and Ortigas, as well as in strategic areas along Edsa and Circumferential Road 5 to now more areas.