Local telco PLDT Inc. has partnered with the provincial government of Cavite to build a massive fiber network as part of the province’s digital roadmap to becoming a “Smart City.”
On Thursday, PLDT announced that the Cavite Managed Broadband Network Service (MBNS), which will provide “world class internet” throughout the province, will be activated through its business arms PLDT Enterprise, Smart Communications, and ePLDT.
“The PLDT Group is extending its support in laying the groundwork for Cavite’s vision of becoming a smart city. We are delighted to commence this advancement which is a massive move for the development of Cavite,” said PLDT chairman Manny Pangilinan in a statement.
According to the same statement, “the project will connect over 2,504 locations and 4,894 installed access points, through the PLDT’s fiber network supported by ePLDT’s VITRO Data Center which are strategically provisioned all over Cavite using the Smart WiFi platform.”
“The fiberization project includes the provisioning of a fully underground fiber optic cable backbone that will provide free internet access to over 23 cities and municipalities, 129 public elementary and secondary schools, and 42 public places around the city and municipal halls,” it added.
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla thanked the telco company, stating that the province recognizes the importance of digital innovation in public services and processes.
“I’m grateful to PLDT Enterprise and Smart for this partnership and I’m confident that their assistance can make our vision of becoming a Smart City possible,” Remulla said.
To recall, Remulla also signed a deal with PLDT on July 5 for its ‘Linkod Kabitenyo’ initiative, which aims to provide free internet access to Cavitenos, particularly the students.
This free WiFi project, which could offer up to 5Mbps internet speed, is expected to be experienced across the province within the next 8 months.