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Fast, reliable, PLDT fiber-powered internet coming to Burias, Lubang, Semirara islands

PLDT Inc. is bringing fiber connectivity to several islands for the first time as it deploys more submarine cable links in Southern Luzon and Visayas.
The telco giant has expanded its fiber footprint to reach Burias Island in Masbate, Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro, and Semirara Island in Antique.
“Fast, reliable and fiber-powered connectivity is essential to the post-pandemic next normal,” said Mario Tamayo, head of technology at PLDT and Smart.
“With fiber available in these areas, we are equipping more Filipinos with improved connectivity that they can use to work in hybrid workplaces, to study remotely, to engage in the digital marketplace, and to avail themselves of other services on the internet, such as online banking and online shopping,” Tamayo said.
The deployment of more submarine cable links to connect major islands in Southern Luzon and Visayas for the first time is part of PLDT’s project with technology partner NTT- World Engineering Marine to improve connectivity in Luzon, particularly in Sorsogon, Quezon, Albay, Occidental Mindoro, Samar, and Aklan.
The project involved laying over 600 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cable and corresponding inland domestic fiber links.