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PLDT Constructing A P856-M Cable System To Meet Demand

by wireworld on 10/16/2012 - 01:37 am

Tags: Press Releases, Projects

THE Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) group on Monday announced it is constructing an P856-million fiber-optic cable system linking Cebu, Bohol and Mindanao.



The project involves laying down a total of about 450 kilometers (kms) of fiber-optic cables from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City. A little over 300 kms of that cable are inland while another 150 km are submarine links in the sea between Cebu and Bohol and between Bohol and Misamis Oriental.



The new fiber-optic link to Bohol will provide 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) of capacity to the island.  The link to Mindanao will carry 190 Gbps of capacity.



This new facility, which will be completed in September 2013, will significantly boost the resiliency of PLDT transmission links to Bohol and the entire island of Mindanao.  The new facility will be initially equipped with 210 Gbps capacity.



We have fast-tracked this particular project because the demand for broadband services—both from consumers and businesses—is growing rapidly in the Visayas and Mindanao areas,” said PLDT and Smart head of network and IP systems, Rolando G. Peña.



“This will further strengthen our fiber advantage over other carriers. At this point, PLDT and Smart already have over 54,000 kms of fiber-optic cable assets over the country—several times larger than the resources available to the competition,” he added.  



With communications services in Bohol vastly improved, the provincial government will be able to pursue more aggressively its efforts to attract investments from business-process outsourcing companies.



“Bohol has been trying to get investors to set up call centers in the province for the past several years.  But the lack of robust communications infrastructure has been an obstacle,” Peña said.



The project will also add a third leg to the two fiber-optic highways already connecting Mindanao to the rest of the country via PLDT’s domestic fiber-optic network.



One existing link runs from Cebu to Negros Oriental and then on to Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, while the other starts in Cebu and then connects Leyte and then Butuan, Caraga region.



By adding a third fiber link to Mindanao, we will be able to continue providing service in Mindanao even if we suffer two breaks in our transmission networks connecting the island,” Peña explained. “This significantly raises the capacity and resiliency of our network and ensures that our subscribers will continue to enjoy high-quality service,” he added.



Improved communications will also benefit Bohol’s successful tourism program, which has been growing steadily over the past few years.



Tourist arrivals at the island hit the 550,000 mark last year, up from about 460,000 in 2009. The number is expected to rise further as more visitors take to the province’s famous beach resorts and eco-tourism attractions.



“More and more tourists now routinely expect to have Internet access in their hotels, or on their smartphones, laptops or tablets.  With the fiber link to Bohol, we will be better able to support high-speed mobile and fixed broadband,” Peña said.