The Philippine's largest telecom provider, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) announced the completion of a digital fiber optic network (DFON) expansion project worth P600 million. As a result of the project, six network loops across the nation will get an additional 320 gigabytes per second (Gbps) and increase the company's DFON operating capacity to over 1,000 Gbps, Business Mirror said.
PLDT had previously completed a third fiber optic cable leg to Baguio. They expect the completion of a third 1,220-kilometer line connecting Lucena and Cebu to Bicol, Masbate, Panay and Negros by the middle of the year.
“These projects will spur growth in local economies by making these locations more attractive investment areas, especially for business process outsourcing (BPO) locators. Moreover, this will expand broadband coverage so that more Filipinos, including those in rural areas, can connect to the world through the Internet,” said PLDT president, Napoleon Nazareno.
PLDT is reportedly also working to install loops within loops to enhance network resiliency to protect existing businesses and potentially open new IT-enabled revenue sources in the outsourcing industry