PLDT announces completion of fiber optic link in Palawan

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 4 (PNA) -– Despite currently being hit by a snag in allegedly two internet fiber lines in the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN), The Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) announced Thursday the completion of its 620-km. fiber optic link development in Palawan to connect to a broad network service set-up.

The announcement was made during a recent launching at a hotel in this city with PLDT president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno and other executives.
 

Costing over P1 billion to complete, the fiber optic link supports the call for the telecommunications company to upsurge the provision of a faster and reliable internet data services in Palawan as a popular tourism destination in the country.

With Smart Communications, Incorporated (Smart), the new fiber optic cable (FOC) supposedly has a preliminary competence to provide 400 gigabytes to expand the digital radio transmission system (DRTS) that Palawan province is utilizing.

Rolando Peña, who is head of the network and internet protocol systems of both telcos, said the FOC will not only make important progress in voice and text services, but also in giving high-speed mobile internet services in PLDT’s fiber to the home (FTTH) amenity.

The project has earlier been predicted to contribute to the province’s tourism industry, as well as others, like banking, government agency operations, hospital operations, and others, through the provision of a steadfast communications link.

The FOC project, which started during the last quarter of 2013, laid down undersea cables from Iloilo to Palawan, and inland to this city, with the end goal of connecting the province to the long distance company’s domestic fiber optic network.

Peña said the FOC is central to the PLDT’s target to serve advanced communication services that are reliable nationwide by using modern-day technology.

With the newest addition to their capabilities, both telcos are reportedly more prepared to serve the increasing volume of voice calls, short message service (SMS), and mobile Internet services, and others. (PNA)
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