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PLDT Inc. (PLDT), a leading integrated telecommunications company, has successfully tested the first 50G Passive Optical Networks (50GPON) in the Philippines.

Increased Speed and Delivery

The technology is the latest and fastest among the Passive Optical Networks (PON) and will be used for PLDT’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services, nationwide.

The 50GPON technology allows PLDT to deliver fast speed of up to 50 Gigabits per second (Gbps) for every equipment port, surpassing existing technologies such as GPON (2.5 Gbps) and XGS PON (10 Gbps).

"After successfully testing XGS PON in 2021, PLDT is taking it further by testing the latest and fastest technology in Passive Optical Networks called 50GPON, which will allow five times faster speeds than XGSPON and 20 times faster speeds than GPON, which is the most widely used technology by fiber providers in the Philippines," said Arvin L. Siena, VP and Head of Network Strategy and Transformation office at PLDT and Smart.

Enhanced Fiber Development

Additionally, Eric Santiago, Head of Network at PLDT and Smart said that this milestone signifies the company's dedication to providing the best services to its customers.

The PLDT Group has expanded its total fiber footprint to more than 1.1 million cable kilometers as of September 2023, both for local and foreign fiber. The company’s fiber service has reached more than 17.3 million residences in 69% of the country's municipalities and towns. Additionally, there are a total of 6.15 million fiber ports that cover over 18,000 barangays across the country.

Commitment to UN’s SDGs

The company has also implemented projects aligned with its commitment to assist the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically, SDG No. 9— Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. PLDT is continuously making progress toward its objective of delivering digital access that is both accessible and sustainable for all Filipinos by pushing the boundaries of technology and connectivity.

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