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October 26, 2012

PLDT breathes new life into fixed line services with Fiber

As the demand for high-speed broadband internet increases in the country, PLDT reinvigorates its fixed line services by powering it with fiber optic technologies.

During a technical briefing on Wednesday, PLDT-Smart Technology Group Head Rolando Peña said that fiber optic technology allows the fixed line network to transmit voice, data, and video over the internet at much higher bandwidths, faster speeds, and better quality.

“This enables us to offer advanced multi-media communications services not only through our fixed line network through fiber-to-the-home services but also through our mobile network using services like Long Term Evolution or LTE,” he added.

PLDT is also “fibering” its network from end-to-end which means they’re bringing fiber technology to the home, enterprises and cell sites. “The closer the fiber, the bigger the available bandwidth,” Peña said. PLDT’s total fiber optic network has already reached 54,000 kilometers, the most extensive in the country and four times more than what the competition is building.

Meanwhile, Smart Communications Inc. has already connected 100% of its cell sites in NCR to the PLDT group’s fiber infrastructure as part of its Fiber in the Loop (FITL) project. “With 100% of our Metro Manila network now ‘fibered’, Smart can further improve its range of wireless services and technologies such as LTE, HSPA+, 3G, and even 2G,” said Peña.

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18 Responses to “PLDT breathes new life into fixed line services with Fiber”

  1. LOL says:

    “Smart can further improve its range of wireless services and technologies…”

    I’m on the top floor (4th) of our apartment building, just a few hundred meters away from the base station, and yet my SmartBRO (a.k.a PLDT myBRO) connection still sux. Magagamit mo lang ng “medyo” matino from 1am to 7:30am. Lagpas dun, BANG! Suntok sa buwan na lang kung gusto mo mag online games or mag stream ng vids. Puro pa-pogi lang ang alam ng mga telco dito sa pinas. Tsk.

  2. Ren says:

    finally! why are we always so far behind…

  3. Ramon says:

    It’s great to hear that they’re improving their networks… But we need a timeline =p

    Kailan ba mararamdaman yung improvements? 100% ‘fibered’ na daw ang metro manila so dapat magiimprove na pati wireless network nila? Mabilis naman din dito sa taguig pero unstable pa rin, naglalaro pa rin between no connection to 200KBps dito (nakalita ako ng 700-800KBps pero isang gabi lng yun)

  4. chopotka says:

    PLDT has rolled out Fiber To The Home(FTTH) for quite awhile already, if I’m not mistaken the pilot area were Dasma and Forbes in Makati. The guaranteed speed is not that astonishing, but the main problem here is affordability. Why would someone (even if you live in these posh villages) would want to pay 20K per month for an internet connection.

    Just my 2 centavos worth.

    • Mr A
      Twitter: solidad

      They also offer 8Mbps plan for 3.5K and that’s not expensive. The only question is can people avail the fibr service without needing to have a landline service.

  5. fiberskeptic says:

    I agree with chopotka. Masyadong mahal yung FTTH.

  6. JC John Sese Cuneta
    Twitter: jcsesecuneta

    I wouldn’t. I don’t need that kind of speed for that kind of fee. Forget it. I can live with 1.5Mbps for P1,500 per month. Heck, I also use Sun Cellulars mobile broadband and I have no complaints with the speed I get from it.

  7. edsar says:

    PR PR puro PR kulang naman sa gawa.
    Mr. Pogi kasi ang labanan ng mga TELCO dito

  8. Joe says:

    Unmanaged pa rin yong customers ng PLDT… tanggap lang kasi ng tanggap wala kwentang technical support. Kapag congested na yong internet tanggap pa rin ng application. Telco is more on quantity of subscriber over quality bandwidth. Hay nako Billion na yong Profit nito wala pa rin investment sa infrastructure at customer service. Bulok pa rin yan!

  9. Andy says:

    Its a good thing fiber to home is being offered. Mas reliable ang fiber as a medium for transmission over other medium. They can offer cable tv service to the home over this fiber and bring down fees for internet as well for the next couple of years.

  10. Roves says:

    Hoping Competition make it more affordable, kumbaga 1k=10Mbps hehe.
    Kelan kya un? xD

  11. renato says:

    3 days na akong walang internet sa plan 4000 sabi nila may problem sa system dito sa cavite city pag up to 10mbps yari ka patay bisnis hangang kailan pa kaya ako makakakita na ayos serbisyo,.kung d kaya sana ibaLIK ang 5mbps kaysa sa wala kita PLS NAMAN 3 DAYS NA WALA PA RIN

    • Renatoanzwer
      Twitter: dennison

      Bayaran mo Ang Pldt man ng 500 pesos at Gagawin agad Kung Hindi wall. Ako 1 month na ko Sira pa din Sabin ng Pldt sa kin magnates ng 500 which I refused. I’m getting smart bro na Lang out of principle. Saan bang mayos makapagcomplain.

  12. Ricci says:

    PLDT-SMART. Sabi nila nag lunch na raw sila ng 5G connection for users na gustong mas mabilis. E 4G nga lang di pa nila MA perfect within Metro Manila or NCR. Naka registered ako for 1 month Mobile Data ang maximum speed kong nakukuha 1-2 mbps sa speed test ko. Sa morning lang till lunch after that less than 1mbps na. Super bawal at madalas pa ma disconnect. Dapat gawin ng PLDT smart pakita nila na talagang nag improve yung connectivity nila wag lang puro pa pogi sa press conference. Patunayan nila. Daig pa sila ng Globe kapag nag 4G ang Note 3 ko talagang hataw sa bilis.

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