FTTH Rollout: PLDT powers ‘Heart of Bicol’ with fiber-fast internet


Telecoms and digital services leader PLDT has stepped up its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) roll-out in the country’s key urban centers by deploying its FTTH facilities in Naga City, providing world-class internet services to the heart of Bicol and the first ‘Fibr City’ in the region.

With the FTTH roll-out, PLDT Home Fibr is now available to Nagueños, allowing them to experience high-speed equal upload and download speeds as they enjoy a wide range of compelling entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners and renowned providers like Cignal TV, iflix, Netflix, Fox+, and iWant TV, among others, for as low as P1,899 per month.

Families will also have added peace of mind with home security devices such as the home monitoring system Fam Cam, the cyber security platform Fam Zone, and the multi-functional kiddie gadget Smart Watch which parents can use to track and contact their kids.

“We are doing this FTTH roll out in partnership with the Naga City government. This will benefit not only our PLDT Home subscribers but also help business and commerce in this leading urban of the Bicol region,” said PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Oscar Enrico A. Reyes, Jr.

Naga City Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion said: “Strong partnerships are key to the growth of any major city, and we are honored to have PLDT, the Philippines’ telco leader on our side. Naga City is proud to be Fibr-powered.”

To provide the latest telco and digital products and services to more businesses and residents in Naga City, PLDT has opened its first Retail Store there. Conveniently located at Centro Square, Peñafrancia Avenue, the spacious PLDT store allows customers to directly experience PLDT Home’s products and services as well as transact business with greater ease and speed.

“Customers will enjoy unique features and innovative services inside the new PLDT Retail Store,” Reyes said.

These include the Infotouch, a self-care kiosk where they can view and print their PLDT bills; a digital menuboard where they can shop for PLDT products; giant interactive screens where they can surf and play using a 32” Telpad; and a cozy lounge with 50” video wall where they can watch Cignal TV channels as they wait for their turn to transact business.

Naga City is the latest leg in PLDT Home’s aggressive nationwide FTTH expansion program. Earlier this year, PLDT completed its first-ever “Fibr City” project in Toledo City in Cebu which was followed by General Santos, the first “Fibr City” in Mindanao.

With a footprint of around 2.8 million homes passed as of end-2016, PLDT is further expanding the reach of its FTTH network to about 4.4 million homes passed by the end of the year. It is also deploying hybrid fiber technologies, such as Huawei’s G.fast, over its existing copper lines which can boost data speeds of current subscribers up to 600-700 Mbps.

PLDT has invested P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years to roll out the country’s most extensive transmission and distribution network infrastructure which now has 150,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables that transport the growing data traffic of its fixed line and mobile networks.

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