The PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) launched over the weekend the country’s first-ever 10,000 Mbps fiber-optic service, in a move that is expected to set the bar for the future of internet speeds in the Philippines.
The new service under PLDT Home will be introduced first in Metro Manila this December and will then implement further expansions in other key cities outside Metro Manila like Cebu and Davao in 2022.
The planned rollout is the culmination of PLDT Home’s year-long network expansion program for the year.
“We at PLDT continue to play an active role in shaping the future of our country and leading the way towards a connected nation. We are doing all these for our north star—our customers: business owners, professionals, tech mavericks with very large homes, multiple high-bandwidth users with multiple screens.
And with all that life requires of them, they need the fastest home broadband powered by the fastest network. And we are more than ready to give them what they need—all 10,000 of it,” said Alfredo Panlilio, PLDT President and Chief Executive Officer.
The new service now puts the country next to first-world nations, such as South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and the USA, in terms of having access to ultra-fast home internet speed.
“Consistent with our commitment to provide superior technology to address the Filipinos’ growing digital connectivity needs, PLDT Home continues to innovate and make a difference in the lives of our customers,” said Butch G. Jimenez, Senior Vice President and Head of PLDT Home Business. “With our all-new, upgraded, and fastest internet speed, Filipino homes will now be able to experience and enjoy the future—that is the smart home.”
Leading market and consumer data provider Statista defines “smart home” as a private household controlled, monitored, and regulated through networked devices. Statista predicted a household penetration rate in the Philippines of 7.5 percent for 2021 and 14.2 percent, or 3.4 million active smart homes, by 2025.
PLDT Home’s new Fiber Plan comes with a WiFi 6 Mesh System that will guarantee ultra-fast WiFi speeds covering an area of over 550 square meters.
Also, PLDT Home launched new Fiber plans this month. These new plans automatically give PLDT Home Fiber subscribers free upgrades of as much as three times their subscribed internet speeds.
At end-September, PLDT added 324,000 new fiber subscribers, ending the third quarter with a market-leading count of 2.77 million fixed broadband customers.