Sky Cable wants to expand its fiber internet business

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Sky Cable from ABS-CBN Corp. plots areas of expansion for its fiber internet, which is among the group’s remaining revenue streams after President Duterte and his allies in Congress shut down its core TV broadcasting business two years ago.

Sky wanted to increase its penetration in existing locations and also explore new areas amid continued strong demand for fiber to the home services, said James Dumalo, head of consumer products, programming and airtime at Sky.

“In our only existing franchise areas, there is still potential for expansion as we haven’t fully addressed them yet,” Dumalo said in an email to the Inquirer.

Sky Fiber is currently available in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Baguio, Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo, Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga.

Dumalo said Sky was able to serve nearly two million homes and they could also expand by laying cable lines in new areas.

“We are constantly evaluating new areas outside where we believe there will be strong demand for broadband. Based on our experience, high potential markets are primarily key urban markets, where strong economic growth is seen in housing, retail and business,” Dumlao said.

Sky wants to attract more subscribers by offering better value compared to big competitors such as incumbent telecom operators PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom and fiber internet player Converge ICT Solutions Inc.

Last week, Sky rolled out unlimited broadband plans starting at 20 megabits per second (Mbps) for P999. The company said the plans would include free Wi-Fi mesh units that would improve coverage and reduce dead spots inside a home.

It also offers P1 699 for 50 Mbps, P2 200 for 100 Mbps, P2 799 for 150 Mbps, and P3 499 for 200 Mbps outside of the cable TV bundles.

ABS-CBN said earlier it would focus on businesses that don’t need franchising.

On July 10, 2020, administration allies in the House of Representatives voted to kill ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, following Mr. Duterte’s earlier threats.

Despite the shutdown, ABS-CBN continued to air on online platforms, pay television, and through airtime rental agreements with other television broadcasting companies.

It controls amenities, land assets, such as its sprawling headquarters in Quezon City, and an extensive library of content, including popular movies and TV shows.

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