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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

PLDT Subic unit changes name

By Lenie Lectura - BUSINESS MIRROR

Subic Telecommunications Co. Inc. (SubicTel), a subsidiary of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), has changed its name to PLDT Subic Telecom Inc.

PLDT Subic Telecom general manager Henry Abes said the company is all set to take advantage of the phone giant’s national marketing campaigns for service packages on broadband Internet and other telecommunications services.

Subic Telecom has invested more than P1 billion since 1994 to develop the telecommunications infrastructure in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The company was established in 1994 after PLDT, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and US-based AT&T decided to form a joint venture to set up telecommunications facilities for the zone.

“These service packages include those offered by PLDT in Metro Manila and other provinces nationwide,” said Abes. “Of course, these services will be backed by the technology and unparalleled network of PLDT.”

PLDT Subic Telecom, he added, will offer an array of cutting-edge services for multinational companies and residents of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

PLDT has been expanding the reach and capacity of its telecommunications facilities through its NGN, or Next Generation Network technology, and resilient, high-capacity digital fiber optic network nationwide.

Abes said PLDT Subic Telecom will definitely benefit from the upgraded PLDT network infrastructure. Subic’s existing legacy network includes some facilities which have been around since the Americans rebuilt the Subic Naval Base.

Because of the aging infrastructure, subscribers were plagued by noisy lines, frequent downtimes, and slow Internet speed.

“PLDT Subic Telecom is about to change all that,” said Abes. “High-speed broadband Internet and clear lines of communication will allow locators and residents in Subic to enjoy the full benefits of what technology has to offer.”

Late last year, PLDT Subic Telecom completed its state-of-the-art digital fiber optic connection, paving the way for new investors in the Freeport Zone. With the completion of this project, locators there are now part of PLDT’s robust nationwide backbone for increased and very much improved data connectivity.

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