Metro's posh villages first to get fiber-optic broadband

By Lenie Lectura, BusinessMirror

Posted at Aug 30 2012 07:25 AM | Updated as of Aug 30 2012 03:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.’s (PLDT) fiber–to-the-home service, a broadband offering deployed through fiber optic cables, has reached more residential subscribers in Metro Manila’s posh villages.

PLDT Fibr is the phone giant’s latest technological breakthrough in broadband service, delivering the fastest internet speed of up to 100Mbps at home.

The service had been initially available in areas such as Ayala Alabang Village and Forbes Park. Residents of East, West, North, and Northeast Greenhills, Acropolis, Greenmeadows, La Vista, and Valle Verde in Quezon City; Alabang Hills, Alabang 400, and Hillsborough in Alabang, Muntinlupa; and Dasmarinas Village, San Lorenzo Village, and Urdaneta Village in Makati, can now avail of the service.

With a 100mbps connection, it will take only one minute to download a full-length movie.

“Its rapid-fire, ultrafast speed enables users to have a faster, far-richer multi-screen, multi-media experience,” said PLDT Head of Home Business Ariel P. Fermin in a statement yesterday.

“Unlike cable internet which shares broadband connection among neighbors, PLDT Fibr’s broadband service provides for a dedicated broadband connection in the access network utilizing fiber optics which facilitates simultaneous high-speed browsing and downloading,” Fermin explained.

“Family members will enjoy sharing content with each other even more with these amazing speed rates from Fibr. It does fit in nicely to our cause of providing the strongest connections at home,” he added.

PLDT Fibr may be connected to a desktop, laptop, or game console, or an internet-enabled “smart” TV and may be used with a wireless router or access point.

“All PLDT Fibr plans are equipped with an Optical Network Unit (ONU) Modem, which has a fiber optic cable connection that delivers its enviable ultra-high speed feature,” added Fermin.

He said subscribers may connect their laptop or desktop directly to the ONU Modem through an RJ-45 cable, or they can opt to go wireless by connecting the ONU Modem to a wireless router.

PLDT Fibr is accessible in any of the following plans: PLDT Fibr Plan 3500, up to 8Mbps; Plan 5500, up to 15 Mbps; and Plan 20000, up to 100Mbps. These plans include free installation, free Fibr modem, and free PLDT WiFi Zone access with PLDT Telpad subscription.

PLDT is committed to roll out over 150,000 broadband lines using fiber optic cables that are capable of handling data speed of up to 100mbps.