Telcos ramp up expansion

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    PLDT Inc. and wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. have ramped up their network expansion to meet the increasing data traffic from both consumer and enterprise clients.

    Joachim Horn, PLDT chief technology and information adviser, said PLDT will double its capacity by 2021 to over 20.5 Terabits per second (Tbps) with the upgrade of its existing cable systems and the completion of the new JUPITER cable system.

    PLDT has also invested in the new Asia Direct Cable to be completed by the end of 2022 with a capacity of 4 Tbps.

    “We expect these expansions to address the rapidly rising data traffic overseas,” Horn said.
    Smart is also rolling out its commercial fifth generation (5G) service to key cities in Visayas and Mindanao, becoming the first Philippine telco to launch 5G services nationwide.

    Alfredo Panlilio, Smart president and chief executive officer and PLDT chief revenue officer, said the rollout of 5G in more areas in the country complements the deployment of Smart’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and the expansion of PLDT’s fiber infrastructure.

    Meanwhile, Globe has upgraded its 4G network capacity in the National Capital Region (NCR), Rizal, Bulacan and Cavite.

    In Metro Manila, Globe said it has fired up 86 percent of its target migration to 4G. Pateros, Marikina City, Valenzuela City, Malabon City and Navotas comprise the top cities with the highest percentage of completion, with the rest of NCR not far behind at 73 percent, it added.

    In Rizal, at least 92 percent of the upgrade is done, Globe said. Work has also started in Binangonan, Cainta and Pililla to complete the installations in the whole province.

    There are at least 78 percent upgrades completed that have been improved to 4G in Bulacan, while 65 percent have been upgraded in Cavite, the company said.

    Globe added it is also eyeing to improve its network in Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Cebu (Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City), Davao City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City and Boracay.