PLDT lays down submarine cables at Bantayan and Camotes islands
July 01, 2022 - Friday 8:07 PM by Catherine Cueto
TELECOM company PLDT started laying down their submarine cables along the Bantayan and Camotes islands, in a bid to further boost connections and communications in the Visayas Region.
PLDT said the cable landing ceremony was done at the Municipality of Santa Fe in Bantayan Island.
"With PLDT fiber on the island, residents and tourists may now look forward to enhanced connectivity," the statement said.
Meanwhile, the residents and tourists visiting the islands of Bantayan and Camotes in Cebu can expect enhanced connectivity as PLDT Inc. (PLDT) said that they would continue deploying submarine fiber cable links across the country to elevate the customer experience.
"On behalf of the Local Government of Santa Fe, we would like to extend our gratitude to PLDT for making this happen. PLDT fiber will encourage more investors on the Island. We hope that this will be the solution to the many challenges that we are facing," said Municipal Mayor of Santa Fe, Hon. Ithamar Espinosa.
Also gracing the event were Bantayan Mayor Arthur Despi, Brgy Poblacion, Santa Fe barangay captain Renato Bajalla, and Siegfred Cataluña, Municipal Administrator of Santa Fe.
Also in attendance were representatives from PLDT and its wireless subsidiary, Smart, led by Robert Pascual, PLDT Head of Fixed Transport Engineering, Arnold Gabrinao, VisMin Head of PLDT Fiber Engineering, Rhod Ebon, AVP/Center Head of PLDT and Smart Network Field Services, and Christian Philip Remigio, Head of PLDT FOC Project Management; Edgar Burdador of PLDT Home; Kent De La Calzada, Head of PLDT Enterprise in Visayas; and Spark Zang of FiberHome.
This connects Bantayan Island to Daanbantayan and Cebu, which is one of PLDT's gateways to Luzon. In May, a submarine cable also landed in Brgy. Kabac, Bantayan Island, connecting the island to Bacolod City.
This continuous expansion of PLDT's nationwide fiber infrastructure also includes the recent submarine cable landing at Camotes Island on June 19, connecting it to Mandaue City and Ormoc City.
The statement also said that the developments now enable PLDT to rollout fiber across the islands, providing fast and reliable fiber-powered services to individual customers, families, and businesses. This will also allow Smart to level up its mobile services, particularly for LTE and 5G.
These submarine cable links also fortify existing fiber links and enhance the resiliency of PLDT's network by providing alternate routes for data traffic, ensuring customer connectivity.
PLDT said the project is part of their network-related initiatives, making up the bulk of the ?89 billion spent for 2021.
This brings PLDT's total CAPEX spent over the last ten years to ?518.5 billion. Capex guidance for 2022 is at ?85 billion.
As of end-March 2022, PLDT's fiber infrastructure was at 803,000 kilometers. This also supports Smart's mobile network, which has 76,600 total base stations nationwide, supporting its 3G, 4G/LTE, and 5G customers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, including around 7,300 5G base stations.
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