PLDT to deploy 5,000 new base stations

By Lorenz S. Marasigan, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jul 14 2014 06:48 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2014 02:48 PM

MANILA - Telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is set to deploy 5,000 new fourth-generation base stations around the country to further expand its fixed wireless and mobile broadband network.

PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said the expansion plan complements the firm’s efforts to provide connectivity to homes through fixed-lined services such as the fiber-to-the-home and the next-generation network.

“This aggressive expansion of our Long-Term Evolution [LTE] network is part of our thrust to provide broadband connectivity to the whole country,” he stressed.

The telecommunications giant in April deployed some 2,000 LTE base stations around the country to provide high-speed wireless broadband services to homes via its service called Ultera, which is being offered by its PLDT HOME unit.

Originally offered in Metro Manila, the product has since been brought to provincial areas to as far as Cagayan province in Northern Luzon and Davao del Sur in Mindanao.

“This new service revolutionizes the country’s Internet experience as it enables more Filipino families to gain ready access to multimedia services like social media, movies, games and music,” said PLDT Executive Vice President Ariel P. Fermin.

“The ultra-fast LTE service has maximum speeds per individual user of up to 42 Mbps which is almost six times faster than WiMax and 21 times more than Canopy. It can serve more customers and provide a better Internet experience than both,” PLDT Technology Group Head Rolando G. Peña explained.

The deployment of more LTE base stations will also enable the firm’s subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc., to expand its high-speed mobile broadband service.

This expansion program is part of the group’s P32-billion capital expenditures allotment for the year, which also includes the ongoing expansion of the fiber-optic network, now reaching 85,000 kilometers.

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