Leading telecommunication provider in the Philippines, PLDT, recently announced that they will bring a 40G, 100G and OTN switching capabilities to the network as it upgrades its Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) to support next-generation fixed and mobile voice, video and data services.
The company which was recently recognized by Finance Asia as best company in the Philippines successfully partnered with Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), A US-based global supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, software and services, to further expanse the capacity and service flexibility of its backbone Domestic Fiber Optic Network. PLDT will deploy Ciena’s coherent 100 Gigabits per second (100G) technology and Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching solutions.
PLDT is the first telecommunication company in the Philippines and among handful companies in Asia-Pacific to do, thus far, offer the 100G technology and while it is considered such a feat, it will also allow the company to “meet the forecast demand for high-speed service delivery, driven by an increase in data traffic from both fixed and wireless broadband.”
PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said,
“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 modernization program and support the delivery of next-generation services to customers such as fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-building, LTE/4G, IPTV and triple-play services,”
Anthony MacLachlan, Ciena VP and General Manager for Asia Pacific shared that it is Ciena’s vision to provide a network architecture that enables service providers to create more intelligent networks that can be programmed to adapt to application needs, support dynamic customer requirements, and quickly roll-out new services.
With this first deployment in the Philippines of coherent 40G, 100G and OTN switching solutions from Ciena, PLDT is strengthening its leadership position and further differentiating its network in the highly competitive Philippines marketplace,” McLachlan pointed out, he added.
This move of PLDT to upgrade its DFON network is part of their two-year network modernization program that started last year and is targeting to be launched for commercial services before the end of the year 2012.The project entails installing new Ciena electronics in the nodes of their high-usage loops and connecting them to existing fibers.
Last modified: July 25, 2012