From The Philippine Star, June 5, 2006 issue
PLDT Broadband subscriber base seen to double this yr
Telecommunications giant Philippines Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) projects its broadband subscriber base to double this year as both digital subscriber line (DSL) and wireless broadband coverage rapidly expand...
...DSL (fixed broadband) and wireless broadband subscribers increased by over 25,000 in the first quarter of 2006 to about 140,000 as of the end of March this year. Of the 140,000, about 101,000 are fixed DSL while 39,000 are wireless (Smart Bro). During the first quarter of 2005, broadband subscribers only totalled 57,000, all fixed. As of end-April, the number of subscribers has increased to 170,000, of which 130,000 are DSL and 40,000 are wireless.
...PLDT itself has 420,000 dial-up Internet subscribers under Vibe.
....Smart's wireless broadband service was reintroduced in April 2006 as Smart Bro, an improved service over its earlier Smart Wi-Fi offering. Smart now has over 2,000 wireless broadband-enabled base stations providing high-speed Internet access to 386 cities and municipalities all over the country.
The big question: Does PLDT expand it's tech support and bandwidth capacity to meet the rapidly-expanding user base? I think everybody already knows the answer.