By Doris Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Posted date: May 26, 2009
MANILA, Philippines—Telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. announced on Tuesday plans to launch within the year what it claims to be the most advanced broadband delivery platform called Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH), which will deliver high-speed data services to residences and buildings.
“Fiber to the home is a quantum leap forward in terms of broadband services. This demonstrates PLDT’s commitment to offer its customers cutting edge communication technologies,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, PLDT president and chief executive officer, in a statement.
FTTH uses fiber optic technology that transmits data via light signals sent through hair-thin strands of pure glass.
The new platform will be able to deliver simultaneously voice, video and data services at much higher speeds and larger capacities than DSL or cable technologies.
Initial tests done by PLDT have shown the capabilities of FTTH.
At a demonstration facility at the PLDT’s head office, an FTTH-enabled computer posted download speeds of up to 94.86 megabits per second (mbps) and upload rates of 69.39 mbps, according to PLDT Network head Rolando G. Peña.
At those speeds, it would take only a second to download a 5Mb mp3 file, three seconds for a 35Mb video clip and only a minute to download an 800Mb movie.
“Depending on how we’ll design the product, we can provide gigabit speeds to homes, not just megabit speeds,” he said.
PLDT chair Manuel V. Pangilinan tested the new technology by watching the recent Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight last May 3 via live video streaming using FTTH.
“Excellent reception. Excellent definition of the pictures,” said Pangilinan, who also chairs the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.