GMA News reports that Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has invested PHP2 billion (USD44.8 million) to install the its first Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TDD-LTE) mobile sites, in a region spanning from Cagayan in Northern Luzon, to Davao del Sur in Mindanao. The carrier’s upgrade will deliver ultra-high speed (maximum 42Mbps) wireless broadband services to Filipino homes, in support of the telco’s efforts to blanket the whole of the country with broadband using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology and Next Generation Network (NGN) services. Commenting on the TDD-LTE rollout, Rolando Pena of PLDT’s Technology Group, said: ‘We are using FDD-LTE [Frequency Division Duplex-LTE] for our mobile networks and TDD-LTE for fixed-wireless broadband services, running on separate frequency bands … This ensures sufficient capacity for our fixed and mobile high speed broadband services.’ Going forward, PLDT plans to build out more TDD-LTE sites this year ‘to reach the most remote Philippine areas’. The company is investing PHP32 billion in 2014 to support its various network expansion plans, up from the earlier target of PHP29 billion.
GMA notes that aside from Metro Manila and Cebu, PLDT TDD-LTE sites are also in Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bataan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Aurora, Cagayan, Abra, and Nueva Vizcaya in Northern and Central Luzon; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Sorsogon, and Palawan in Southern Luzon; Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, and Leyte in the Visayas; and Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao.