PLDT partners with Ciena to bring first-class 100G network to the country
100G network. Having that in place, PLDT will be in the same league as telco operators in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. This is good news not only to PLDT subscribers but also to subscribers of its cellular subsidiaries (Smart and Sun).
Yesterday, PLDT awarded a P1.3 billion project to its long-time network specialist partner, US-based Ciena Corporation, to increase the capacity and service flexibility of its backbone Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON). This is part of PLDT’s network modernization program announced last year and the telco will deploy Ciena’s coherent 100 Gigabits per second technology and Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching solutions.
“As the first 100G network in the Philippines, this deployment will add significant bandwidth scalability, reliability and intelligence to PLDT’s network infrastructure. The network upgrade will complete PLDT’s core network modernization program and support the delivery of next-generation services to customers such as fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-building, LTE/4G, IPTV and triple-play services,” PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said.
“As the largest service provider in the Philippines, it is critical that we invest in proven, industry-leading infrastructure that ensures long-term customer satisfaction,” he added. “This reliable infrastructure will not only benefit the customers of PLDT but also the subscribers of our cellular subsidiaries, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.”
Currently, PLDT’s fiber optics network is running on 40G and upgrading to 100G will add significant bandwidth scalability, reliability and intelligence to the telco’s network infrastructure.
The domestic network upgrade is expected to be completed on November of this year and will further strengthen PLDT’s leadership position not only within the country but also in Asia-Pacific.
Despite this impending achievement, once the 100G network is in place, it will not be readily apparent to consumers because all of this takes place in the background. No, you won’t get those ultra high-speed access like in South Korea or Japan, but there’s no danger of increasing what you’re paying for despite PLDT’s huge investment in this regard. What consumers can expect is improved performance and overall experience when using PLDT, Smart and Sun Cellular networks.