PLDT to spend at least P88 billion next year to improve telco services


Posted at Dec 14 2020 12:16 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2020 12:36 PM

PLDT to spend at least P88 billion next year to improve telco services 1
PLDT and Smart further accelerate its nationwide tower rollout. Photo: PLDT Inc/Handout/File

MANILA - PLDT said Monday it will spend P88 billion to P92 billion next year to improve services for both mobile and fixed broadband customers.

The 2021 capital expenditure is at least 20 percent higher than the P73 billion allotted and spent this year, the Manny Pangilinan-led telco said.

"Our capex commitment next year is at a level that will be 20 percent to 25 percent higher than this year’s capex, focused on expanding our fiber footprint and our wireless coverage," Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart Communications President and CEO, told the stock exchange.

Panlilio said the company aspires to be at par with neighboring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, which offer average internet speeds of 183.58 Mbps and 59.80 Mbps respectively compared to the Philippines' 27.07 Mbps.

"This is our aspiration, to really bring that level of service to the Filipino people," he added

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier gave telco firms until this month to ramp up network services to avoid "closure" or "expropriation", in a move to improve connectivity for Filipinos amid the stay-at-home setup. 

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