PLDT to finish underground fiber optic cable project this year

Posted at 08/12/2014 5:38 PM | Updated as of 08/13/2014 11:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) expects to finish the P1.3 billion underground fiber optic data transmission network project before the year ends.

PLDT Group technology head Rolando Pena said the company is in the process of completing the underground installation of the fiber optic link between Ilocos Norte to Tuguegarao -- the last leg of the project.

The PLDT group, he said, is laying the fiber optic cables underground to eliminate the risk of fiber cuts, especially after recent typhoons damaged its communications facilities.

"The more fiber we bury underground, the more robust our network will be in the face of the storms that have been hitting the country with growing strength," he said.

Pena said this project provides another loop in PLDT’s domestic fiber optic network (DFON), which currently runs through over 88,000 kilometers of on-land and undersea fiber optic cables. It connects the Philippine archipelago through several cable landing stations strategically located in the country.

"Our national data transmission network – which is like the national roads system – is now almost 100 percent underground. That’s one big reason we have been able to quickly restore services after catastrophic storms like Yolanda... Our provincial distribution network – which is like the system of provincial roads – is about 50 percent underground. We hope to make that 100 percent underground by mid-2015," he said.

PLDT has allocated as much as P32 billion for its capital expenditures this year. In the first half, PLDT has already spent P8.1 billion.