By Adrian M. Reodique
July 4, 2017
Philippine telco company, PLDT, has rolled out its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) facilities in East Metro Manila covering Antipolo, Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Caloocan, and the towns of Cainta, Taytay, and Pateros.
"The network rollout in East Metro Manila will provide powerful connections and top-of-the-line services that will benefit both its residents and businesses," said Oscar Enrico A. Reyes, Jr., first vice president and head of home business at PLDT.
Some of the barangays and villages connected with the latest fibre deployment are Barangay Kaunlaran in Caloocan, Antipolo Hills Subdivision, Greenbreeze Phase 2 and 2A in Marikina, and Greenwoods Executive Village in Pasig.
PLDT said 3.3 million homes in the country are already connected with fibre, including in Toledo City in Cebu, General Santos in Mindanao, Naga City in Bicol, and South Metro Manila.
"Our vision is to make Fibr-fast internet available to 4.4 million homes by the end of the year, and we are working very hard to realise this vision," Reyes said. As such, the telco company is also rolling out hybrid fibre technologies, such as Huawei's G.fast, which can help boost data speeds.
PLDT's fibre-based internet services cost between Php 1,699 to Php 3,499. The price may vary if users were to add other devices or services such as closed circuit television (CCTV) camera, smartwatch, online content filter, or the Roku television box, which they launched last month.
"The recently-launched Roku-powered TVolution box offers a new entertainment experience for Filipino families, allowing them to bond over their favorite movies and TV shows from over 100 streaming channels including Cignal TV, Netflix, iflix and YouTube. Families also benefit from added peace of mind through PLDT Home's SmartHome devices like the home monitoring system Fam Cam, the cyber security platform Fam Zone and the multi-functional kiddie gadget Smart Watch, which parents can use to track and contact their kids," Reyes explained.