PLDT says DSL subscribers growing by 1,000 a week

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    PLDT says DSL subscribers growing by 1,000 a week

    TELEPHONE giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said it was adding about 1,000 subscribers to its Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service a week, which will bring the company's total number of subscribers to 80,000 by yearend.

    DSL is a broadband Internet technology that enhances the existing telephone system. Unlike a dial-up service that offers up to 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) of throughput or Internet speed, DSL services can deliver Internet speeds of 1.54 megabits for downloads and 128 Kbps for uploads.

    The PLDT Retail Business Group said the increase in subscriber base is and will be driven by the demand in small and medium enterprises. "Our objective is not only to dominate the SME market, but also to support the business needs of the SME," Butch Jimenez, PLDT Retail Business Group head, said.

    As of March 9, 2005, the telephone giant reported about 55,000 DSL subscribers.

    The PLDT group said that among its different Internet broadband offerings, the packages designed for the SMEs (small and medium enterprises) proved to have the second highest subscriber take-up following the "Plan 1995" for the residential market.

    PLDT currently claims to control about 70 percent of the SME market nationwide.
    By Erwin Lemuel Oliva

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