Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) said it has allotted more than P1 billion to expand a fiber network in Bohol that would serve the province’s call center and outsourcing industries.

In a statement, PLDT said the Bohol project is part of the company’s P29 billion capital expenditure program for 2013.

PLDT said the fiber optic cable (FOC) expansion projects in Bohol include the rollout of two legs of inland and submarine cables that will add more than 280-kilometers of fiber to the telco’s network.

One leg of the FOC expansion that will run across Bohol’s southwest coastal corner is set to be completed by March next year while the northeast corner leg is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of next year.

These will boost the existing 90-kilometer fiber network in Panglao  Island and Tagbilaran  City that supports the ICT upgrade projects for the proposed international airport in Panglao.

“This fiber expansion program will enable PLDT to fully serve the growing communications requirements of the tourism and other industries in the province,” Napoleon L. Nazareno, PLDT president and chief executive said. 

“This will also enable business processing and call center companies to set up shop in Bohol because they can rely on robust data networks supporting heavy bandwidth applications,” he added.

PLDT group technology head Rolando Pena said the Bohol fiber expansion project will provide the company’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) a third leg link between Tagbilaran and Cagayan de Oro that will also make the Mindanao network more resilient and less susceptible to outage.

He said the new fiber optic cable facilities will also let PLDT provide fiber-to-the-home services and support the operations of its wireless subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular, particularly in providing long-term evolution (LTE) connection to its subscribers in the area.

PLDT’s infrastructure in Bohol – which runs along Tagbilaran, Baclayon, and Dauis – already serves more than 500,000 wireless subscribers and about 2,000 fixed wireless broadband subscribers, with more than 4,000 fixed lines that could increase to more than 5,000 by 2014 after completion of the project.

“PLDT is partnering with Bohol’s local governments to better serve the various industries that the region is currently developing,” said PLDT vice president and Visayas Mindanao customer service operations district head Jess Tañedo.

“The province has for example been keen to develop the outsourcing industry to take advantage of the large pool of graduates produced by its colleges and universities,” he added.  PLDT expects to extend its fiber assets to over 71,000 kilometers by yearend.

“This gives us a decisive edge not only in the traditional fixed and mobile business, but more importantly, in data and video services,” Nazareno said.  InterAksyon.com is the online news portal of TV5, a member of the PLDT group.

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