PLDT boosts network rollout to keep pace with rising mobile and broadband usage

Telco giant PLDT Inc. is ramping up its network rollout in response to the surging demand for mobile and home broadband services in the Philippines.

Eric Santiago, first vice president and Network head at PLDT, revealed that the company would re-accelerate its network expansion following a comprehensive review of internal processes as part of their transformation efforts.

“Following a deep-dive review of our internal processes in line with our transformation efforts, we are re-accelerating our network roll-out,” Santiago said.

To support the increasing mobile traffic and meet the rising demand for home broadband, PLDT has allocated a capital expenditure budget of P80-85 billion for 2023. These investments will primarily focus on enhancing network capacity and infrastructure.

Santiago emphasized PLDT’s dedication to achieving their network vision, encapsulated by the acronym “CIA” – Cloudified, Intelligent, and Automated. This vision reflects PLDT’s commitment to embracing cloud-native technologies, implementing intelligent network solutions, and leveraging automation to enhance efficiency.

PLDT also aims to support the government’s digitalization goals, bridge the digital divide, and make their services more accessible to a wider population.

As of the end of March this year, PLDT has expanded its fiber footprint to over 1.1 million kilometers, comprising more than 231,000 kilometers of international fiber and over 874,000 kilometers of domestic fiber.