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In Two Years, Metro Manila Will Finally Have Internet Speeds We Deserve

But PLDT has already started doling out the premium Fibr in some parts of the Metro.
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A lot of us, after we get home from work, flop down on the couch, place our feet on the coffeetable, and zone out on our device of choice. Some scroll down their social media accounts, excited to catch up on the events of the day. Others turn to Netflix and immerse themselves on other worlds, whether it's the techie weirdness of Black Mirror or the sprawing open spaces of Wild China. And then there are those who unleash the stresses of the day by nuking it out against a batallion of other online gamers.

Connectivity has become a significant part of the modern lifestyleand it will become even more intrinsic as breakthrough technologies go into the mainstream.

In the past five years, PLDT First Vice President and Home Business Head Marco Borlongan observed that Filipinos only required 2 to 5 mbps at home. Those figures, however, are changing, fast!

Families are not just connecting to the internet on their laptops, they're also getting on the broadband highway through their phones, television sets, and other devices. Filipino families are now using about 20 to 50 mbps on a daily basis.

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"We foresee that as the years go by, the standard would be 50 mbps. We're going ahead of that curve and we're preparing everybody for 200 mbps to 1 gbps because it's going to be fast." With the introduction of different applications and new lifestyle services, families would definitely require faster connections. Borlongan says, "Your requirement for broadband would be much more massive than it is today. We're preparing for that.”

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Last year, PLDT embarked on a program to modernize all their existing broadband lines from copper to fiber optics. Fiber optic technology uses bundles of glass threads capable of transmitting messages modulated into light waves. It is the fastest form of broadband technology with the latest deployments reaching speeds of up to 1gbps.

PLDT's modernization program of its existing lines will cost some P11 billion and will take two years to complete. Its move to fiber, however, already started four years ago with its new lines.

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Some of the areas which PLDT has already "fiberized" are Quezon City, Cavite, Rockwell, and Bonifacio Global City. Most of the premiere residences in Metro Manila have also been "fiberized" along with other pockets of communities like Merville and BF Homes in Paranaque, and the town of Toledo in Cebu.

Fiberization is being done simultaneously in several areas for PLDT to meet their target date of completion.

Fiberization lays the groundwork for a truly connected home, the type of home where everything can be managed and controlled at the touch of a finger. You'll know when you're going to run out of milk or sugar. You'll know when an appliance is notation energy efficient. You'll know when the plants need watering. You'll know who's knocking at the door. Now isn't that the type of modern sanctuary you'd want to go home to?

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