By Inter Akyson

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) said it has spent P2.5 billion for laying down at least 5,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable to support the rollout of high-speed data services on its fixed and mobile networks.

In a statement, PLDT said the expansion of its fiber optic network is accelerating the deployment of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service, as well as unit Smart Communications Inc's fourth-generation mobile data service called Long Term Evolution (LTE).

At end-2012, PLDT had over 54,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable in its domestic fiber optic network (DFON), which was already more than four times that of its closest competition. That figure has been raised to over 60,000 by mid-2013.

In addition, PLDT has almost 7,200 kilometers of international submarine fiber optic cable and over 4,000 kilometers of domestic submarine fiber cable.

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