PLDT has announced the completion of its initiatives to transform its legacy fixed wireless service Home Ultera into better and faster fixed wired and wireless service.
According to the telco, they will complete the scheduled decommissioning of about 185 telecom towers by end-July 2022 that provide Time-Division Duplex Long-Term Evolution or TD-LTE coverage to Home Ultera.
This means that over 3,000 subscribers of Home Ultera who are eligible for service migration will have the option to either move to higher speed fixed fiber plans, or to a postpaid wireless service for the home at no additional cost.
Customers who will migrate to Home Fiber will also enjoy free installation and modem fees.
This migration initiative will cover 58 areas in the Philippines including Abra, Agusan del Sur, Aklan, Albay, Antique, Basilan, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Biliran, Bohol, Bukidnon, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Cavite, Cebu, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, La Union, Laguna, Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, and Metro Manila.
Other area include Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Mountain Province, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, North Cotabato, Northern Samar, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon, Sorsogon, Southern Leyte, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur, Tarlac, Zambales, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
The decommissioning follows the breakthrough sale and leaseback arrangement of 5,907 telecom towers as part of its strategic transformation to further invest and improve network operations.