Telecom companies are accelerating network expansion to support the government’s goal of digitizing processes and providing universal connectivity across the country.
President and CEO of PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc., Alfredo Panlilio, said the continued investment in the network is proof of the group’s long-standing commitment to providing more Filipinos with access fast, reliable and affordable internet.
“We also stand ready to contribute to the government’s digitization efforts, reinforcing its vision of an agile bureaucracy that responds to the needs of the public,” he said.
PLDT extended its fiber infrastructure to 803,000 kilometers at the end of March. The infrastructure also supports Smart’s mobile network. Smart has deployed approximately 76,600 base stations in total nationwide, supporting 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G customers.
PLDT Group said it spent 518.5 billion pesos over the past 10 years to 2021. Grid-related initiatives accounted for the bulk of the 89 billion pesos spent for 2021. Investment forecasts for 2022 are of 85 billion pesos.
Globe Telecom President and CEO, Ernest Cu, said the company is at the forefront of introducing pioneering digital solutions to solve various everyday life issues, be it in personal finance , entertainment, education or health care.
“Government can rely on Globe’s universe of digital solutions – new technologies that our core telecommunications business offers to our portfolio companies in health technology, education and more – to deliver innovative services in order to achieve its digitization and connectivity goals,” he said. .
Globe is spending 89 billion pesos this year, up 17% from 76 billion pesos last year, to expand its network nationwide.
Co-founder and managing director of Converge ICT Solutions Inc., Dennis Anthony Uy, also expressed his support for the government’s push for digital democracy. The company has accelerated its goal of covering 55% of Filipino homes with fiber connectivity by two years by 2023.
Last year, it partnered with a foreign satellite company to provide high-speed satellite connection to more than 2,000 public schools.
“We made sure we had the right infrastructure in place and built our own national backbone and network so that world-class, resilient, high-speed pure fiber connectivity is ready to be served by Filipinos across the country. country. With this digital infrastructure, we are more than ready to assist the government in its efforts to achieve universal connectivity,” Uy said.
DITO Telecommunity Corp. Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano said the company is actively building its network to meet the growing demand of Filipino consumers for reliable, high-speed internet connectivity.
After more than a year of business operations, the third telecommunications player has established more than 5,500 towers, connecting more than 600 cities and municipalities with quality telecommunications services.