PLDT to upgrade fibre-optic backbone to 100G

Philippine telecoms provider PLDT is claiming to be engaged in the deployment of the first 100G fibre-optic backbone network in the country.

The capacity upgrade, which is being carried out in partnership with Ciena, will utilise the vendor’s 100Gbps and optical transport network switching solutions.

Through the upgrade, PLDT will be able to offer 40Gbps and 100Gbps based services and meet future demand for high-speed service delivery, driven by increasing data demand in both fixed and mobile broadband.

“As the first 100G network in the Philippines, this deployment will add significant bandwidth scalability, reliability and intelligence to PLDT’s network infrastructure. The network upgrade will complete PLDT’s core network modernisation programme and support the delivery of next-generation services to customers such as fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), fibre-to-the-building (FTTB), LTE/4G, IPTV and triple-play services,” said Napoleon Nazareno, president and CEO of PLDT.

As part of the contract PLDT is also utilising Ciena’s management solution and specialist services to help minimise implementation costs and improve the efficiency of the upgrade.

The network upgrade is part of PLDT’s two-year network modernisation programme launched last year. It is expected to be ready for commercial service before the end of 2012.