PLDT says it has stepped up its roll-out of FTTH facilities in strategic urban centers across the Philippines with Toledo City in Cebu province now serving as the host of its first ever “Fibr City” project.
Via a partnership with the Toledo City government, the FTTH roll-out will serve the data connectivity needs of the fast-growing city with its mining industry and flourishing tourism sector.
PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Oscar Reyes Jr. said Toledo City will now have access to internet speeds as high as 1 Gbps.
“PLDT HOME’s decision to pioneer its first Fibr City in Toledo is part of expansion plans in Central Philippines where we are accelerating our fiber roll-out aimed at bringing the strongest connections to more Filipinos,” Reyes said in a statement.
PLDT is also opening a sales and service center in the city to serve its customer base.
For plans starting at 1,899 pesos (around $38) a month, subscribers can access entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners like iflix, Netflix, Fox+, and iWant TV at minimal subscription fees. PLDT is also promoting home security apps like home monitoring systems and a cyber security platform.
PLDT says its FTTH footprint passed around 2.8 million homes as of the end of 2016, and that it plans to further expand the reach of its FTTH network by about 80% to 4.4 million homes passed by the end of the year.
Beyond FTTH, PLDT has also started to deploy hybrid fiber technologies such as Huawei Technologies’ G.fast, which can boost data speeds up to 600-700 Mbps over existing copper lines.
PLDT says it aims to turn all of its residential broadband subscribers into “smart homes” by the end of 2018.