Biggest telco in Philippines boosts 5G network

Philippines telecommunications major PLDT has deployed Segment Routing over IPv6 (SRv6) on its commercial network, a technology that enhances network efficiency to deliver 5G, home broadband, and enterprise services.

The largest fully integrated telco company in the archipelagic country in Southeast Asia said in a press release that it has piloted SRv6 to serve customers in selected portions of Metro Manila, becoming the first Philippine telco to achieve this milestone.

Deployed by a number of major global operators with large-scale commercial networks across the world, SRv6 is an upgrade to and a key part of the company’s massive transport network transformation project which began in 2017, PLDT said.

“The rollout of SRv6 is part of PLDT’s transformation journey to make our network future-ready. This initiative is crucial as we support the country’s digital pivot in the New Normal and elevate the internet experience of our fixed, wireless, and enterprise customers nationwide,” said Mario G. Tamayo, Head of Technology at PLDT and Smart.

With these improvements in place, PLDT’s network is better positioned to enable future network capabilities, as well as the delivery of best-in-class 5G and fibre-to-the-home services to individuals, families, communities, and businesses across the country claimed the press release.

“Aside from delivering high-bandwidth and low latency services, these enhancements will further strengthen the automated operation of the existing SDN or Software Defined Network, and allow the network to support the efficiency and scalability needed by 5G, home broadband, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT) for individual, home, and enterprise customers,” said Meinardo Opiana, Head of Transport Network Planning and Engineering at PLDT and Smart.

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