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PLDT, Smart boost Cauayan's Smart City initiatives

by Smart Communications | Oct 03, 2019
Under the MoA, PLDT and Smart will upgrade their fixed and mobile network services to transform Cauayan into fully fiberized, Smart LTE-powered city
Cauayan Smart City signing

Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy and Smart head for consumer sales Alex Caeg formalized the city’s partnership with PLDT and Smart for #CauayanSmartCity 

Leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the city government of Cauayan in Isabela to boost its efforts to become one of the country’s leading Smart Cities.

Under the MoA, PLDT and Smart will upgrade their fixed and mobile network services to transform Cauayan, an agro-industrial hub in Northern Luzon, into a fully fiberized and Smart LTE-powered city that provides efficient digital services to its constituents.

PLDT is currently rolling out its fiber-powered fixed broadband network across Cauayan to serve customers with internet service speeds of up to 1Gbps. Meanwhile, Smart is upgrading its existing cell sites across the city to provide 4G or Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile data services. Smart is also set to rollout additional LTE sites in Cauayan in the coming months.

“We are happy to join hands with the Cauayan City government in ushering in this new age of smart cities, and supporting their leaders' efforts to advance the digital transformation of their communities,” said PLDT chair Manuel V. Pangilinan.

“Through partnerships like this, we are helping accelerate the country’s march into its digital future, one Smart City at a time,” he added.

Cauayan City has been cited by the Department of Science and Technology for its smart city initiatives, particularly for using ICT-based technologies in delivering government services.

“Technology plays a crucial role in making public services more accessible and convenient. With fast and reliable fixed and mobile connectivity in the city, we are helping Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Dy and his government to better serve their citizens in a quick, efficient, and effective manner,” said PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart President Alfredo S. Panlilio.

Through the Cauayan City app developed by PLDT-backed software and IT solutions provider Multisys Technologies, for example, residents can apply online for business permits and licenses, as well as pay for their real property taxes using their smartphones.

PLDT and Smart are also rolling out Smart WiFi in Cauayan City Hall and Isabela State University (ISU) to provide residents and students with high-speed connectivity in these heavy foot-traffic areas.

PLDT and Smart also announced that it has struck an agreement with ISU to conduct research in developing relevant digital services utilizing cutting-edge technologies. They will deploy the country’s first XGS-PON, or symmetrical 10Gbps Fixed Internet technology in ISU to help its faculty and students to develop future smart city applications and other innovations for their province.

Fiber and LTE for nation-building

This partnership with Cauayan City is part of broader efforts of PLDT and Smart to support government initiatives to improve the delivery of public services through the expansion of their fixed and mobile network infrastructure across the country.

This nationwide network transformation efforts are backed by historic-high capital expenditure program of P78.4 billion this year. The capex investments are to further expand coverage and to increase capacity to handle the exponential growth in data traffic, with the ultimate aim of delivering the best data customer experience.

Now at over 283,000 kilometers, PLDT’s fiber infrastructure also supports Smart’s mobile network by providing high-capacity links to its cellular base stations.