When you hear the acronym PT&T, the Baby Boomers and partly the GenX’ers remember the word, “Telex.” LOL! The in-premise, wired telecommunications solution for businesses that probably pushed the way to the internet. Today, PT&T is alive and well, and has launched their True Broadband service offer.

Founded in 1962, PT&T provided some of the Philippine’s first national telegrams and analogue long distance public voice services. They evolved to become a local exchange carrier (LEC) by providing fixed-line consumer services at the outskirts of Metro Manila. They were also one of the two dominant pager services companies in the heyday of those clip-on, one-way devices – Pocketbell. Some of us still know their competitors which evolved into an outsourced call center.

PT&T was also one of the first Philippine carriers to build a national digital voice and data backbone, making a transition to new digital systems well ahead of its competitors; including the country’s first national packet data, leased long lines, and private and public long-distance network inter exchange.

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DID YOU KNOW

PT&T maintains over five hundred kilometers of redundant fiber optic routes throughout the National Capital Region and surrounding suburbs. Through this network, it can deliver up to 1 Gbps speeds to end users, through dedicated and partially shared connectivity.

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THEY HAVE SLA!

The second “did you know” is that they provide a 99.5% SLA or service level agreement. If they go down the aggregate SLA, they should discount your month’s subscription. Hey! How about that?

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WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO OFFER

PT&T is offering four types of its True Broadband subscriptions with several plans in each of them.

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CORPORATE ENTERPRISE NETWORKS

Corporate Enterprise Networks (C.E.N.) subscription are for large business enterprise clients and institutions that require mission critical connectivity at the highest service level. It can provide true broadband speeds up to 1000Mbps or more, with wired or wireless backup services available. CIR or committed information rate is like the guaranteed bandwidth. This means a 20Mbps CIR equals 20Mbps up and 20Mbps down. Each plan is provided with static IPs so that the enterprise can privately manage incoming and outgoing streams.

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BUSINESS

Business (Greendot) plan provides powerful throughput speeds for businesses that require solid connectivity and budget friendly value. The available port speed is like saying that’s your burst speed, or it can go as high as that speed. However, unlike DSL where broadband speeds can also go down to zero, PT&T provides a CIR to each of the Business (Greendot) plans. As with CEN, private IPs are also provided.

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RESIDENTIAL

Think of the Residential subscription as your typical DSL and fiber broadband plans. I’m assuming PT&T is not providing CIRs on this subscription because of the consumer nature of the offer. Browsing and streaming will be the major activity of its use, and CRCs (cyclic redundancy checks) are mostly used by browsers – multiple retries until the upload or download stream is successful. So, the available port speed are burst speeds.

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SATELLITE

Broadband internet access via satellite has always been expensive. I used to run a 250-seat call center in South America, and we had multiple T1 lines running through the Americas II submarine cable that lands somewhere in Florida. However, downtime due to cable cuts were frequent and we had a large satellite dish imported from the U.S. installed in the adjacent open field. That very large dish only provided 500kbps of up and down throughput.

But satellite feed as a backup to enterprises is a requirement, especially in the Philippines where a single local mishap, to a regional cable disaster, congests the fiber optic and submarine cables commonly used by all telecommunications companies. It is expensive but a necessary insurance.

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GATEWAY AND PEERING

PT&T works with diverse gateway and peering partners to help ensure client internet traffic is continuous and robust. PT&T currently maintains local peering through PHopenIX. International traffic is handled through partners NTT and Level 3, over alternate access systems.

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For more information or to subscribe, visit ptt.com.ph, e-mail inquiries@ptt.com.ph, or call their Makati office at (02) 815-9961 locals 4139, 4660, or 4670. You can also find more information at their Facebook Page.

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Source: PT&T website | Submarine Cable Map | Wikipedia | PHopenIX

Photo & images from PT&T website.

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