PLDT rolls out 5,000 new LTE base stations
In its drive to provide broadband connectivity to the whole country, PLDT has recently deployed 5,000 new fourth-generation base stations. The latest expansion which is part of PLDT Group’s 32 billion capital expenditures for the year brings ultra-fast wireless connectivity to nearly all cities and municipalities in the country in the succeeding months.
Just this April, PLDT has introduced its fixed wireless version of LTE, PLDT HOME Bro Ultera. With speeds of up to 10Mbps and originally offered in Metro Manila, PLDT Home Bro Ultera now has nearly 2,000 LTE base stations and is now available in provinces including Cagayan in Northern Luzon and Davao del Sur in Mindanao.
The deployment of more LTE base stations will also benefit PLDT’s wireless subsidiary, SMART Communications which first introduced its mobile LTE service a couple of years ago. PLDT now has an extensive fiber optic network reaching 85,000 kilometers or five times more than its competition.
“This aggressive expansion of our Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is part of our thrust to provide broadband connectivity to the whole country,” said PLDT President & CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno. “It complements our efforts to provide connectivity to all Filipino homes through fixed lined services like our fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and the Next Generation Network (NGN) services.”