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Five Ways PLDT Home has Upgraded Filipinos’ Lives in 2023

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The year 2023 has been quite a whirlwind of changes for most Filipinos. There’s the transition from full-time remote work or learning set-up to return-to-office or face-to-face classes, to the return of in-person events and festivals, as well as the discussion (and debates) about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it can possibly affect our lives.

While these are happening – among many other things – PLDT Home has made massive strides to uplift the lives of its customers by providing the best services that meet every Filipino family’s demand. Here are the five ways customers of PLDT Home leveled up their digital lifestyles at home.

Ookla Speedtest Award

Undisputed fastest home broadband in the Philippines
PLDT has consistently dominated the Ookla Speedtest Awards for five consecutive years as a result of the telco giant’s aggressive network expansion and drive to lift the quality of customer experience. PLDT remains the only telco in the Philippines that can deliver the fastest fiber-optic speeds of up to 10 Gbps. This puts the Philippines alongside first-world nations in terms of ultra-fast internet speeds including South Korea, Japan, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and USA. As of end-September 2023, the PLDT Group has further expanded its total fiber footprint to over 1.1 million cable kilometers, consisting of over 0.2 million cable kilometers of international fiber and about 0.9 million cable kilometers of domestic fiber. Homes passed reached more than 17.3 million homes in 69% of the country’s municipalities/towns, while PLDT’s total number of fiber ports rose to 6.15 million covering over 18,000 barangays nationwide.

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Smart Home Transformation
An advocate for digital transformation that begins in the home, PLDT has introduced the Smart Home concept in its PLDT and Smart Experience hubs in the key cities of Muntinlupa, Pasay, and Makati. Customers can step into an experiential space where the home can be transformed into immersive possibilities, from a work-from-home or gaming space surrounded by smart lamps, enhanced by smart accent lights to lift the mood in the room, to a workout area with smart fitness equipment to keep track of exercise results. They can also have a feel of an entertainment area that showcases a 65-inch smart television and PLDT StreamTV, an Android TV speaker box powered by Dolby with Google Assistant, to redefine family time.

Customers can also check out PLDT Home’s portfolio of security devices, including high-resolution indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells to monitor guests and deliveries, and smart locks for added security. Customers simply have to go to https://pldthome.com/eufy to order any of the available smart home security devices, which can be paid in full upfront or be conveniently charged as monthly installments to their PLDT Home accounts.

This year has also seen a more in-depth discussion of AI, particularly generative AI, and how it reaches even the confines of the home. With the help of industry experts and influencers, PLDT Home also led a learning session on the impact of Smart Home technology for parents, children, seniors, and overall home security in the most recent PH Digital Convention.

PLDT and Smart Launch Experience Hub
(L-R) Beauty queens Kat Llegado, Beatrice Luigi Gomez, Gazini Ganados, Maureen Montagne, and Billie Hakenson pose at the And Just Like That… Hub, as part of the exclusive PLDT Home NYC-inspired tour and experience last July 6, 2023

Entertainment
With the hustle and bustle of work and school, time spent with family at home has become more precious to Filipinos. That’s why PLDT Home has partnered with top-notch entertainment content providers HBO GO, Lionsgate Play, Viu, and NBA League Pass to delight customers. With just a minimum, value-packed subscription to PLDT Home plans, customers can enjoy a huge range of content – from the latest global series to binge-worthy K-dramas, action-packed sports shows, and local movies – with just a click of the remote control at home.

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Making the internet a safe space for families
The internet has become an important tool for families to connect, work, learn, play, and bond, that is why it is important to have a safe and secure network for the home.

From January to September this year, PLDT has been able to block access to 13.3 billion domains, and 1.5 million access attempts to view links that contain child sexual abuse and exploitation materials (CSAEM) with its Child Protection Platform. PLDT Home has also tapped tech partners and PLDT ambassadors to help raise awareness on child protection on the internet.

PLDT Home Madiskate Mom 
Growing online community for moms
PLDT Home-powered online community Madiskarte Moms PH (MMPH) has won several awards this year, including the prestigious UN Global Compact Network Philippines’ SDG Awards, where it was recognized for its outstanding contribution towards sustainable development, enabling digital inclusion among women, promoting decent work and economic growth, and supporting the recovery and resilience of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.

Three years since its launch, MMPH now has 170,000 community members. It has trained more than 15,000 moms, supported at least 75 businesses through the provisioning of digital kits, conducted at least 11 regular webinars and masterclasses, and produced over 175 educational videos about several areas on how to start an online home business and how to do business sustainably and responsibly. MMPH has also been recognizing outstanding mompreneurs through its Annual Gawad Madiskarte Awards and active participation in various public fora and engagements.

Representatives from PLDT’s Sustainability Office and PLDT Home receive the award recognizing Madiskarte Moms PH at the 3rd United Nations Global Compact Network Philippines’ Sustainable Development Goals Awards

Bonus: PLDT Home pushes proactive care with the mWell health pass
A recent study by research institute Capstone-Intel Corp., however, found that only 40% of Filipinos go to the doctor to get checked regularly, and 33% only do so when they fall ill. This rate doesn’t bode well for many people’s health, especially with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and the like common to Filipinos. That is why PLDT Home has partnered with mWell to offer its customers a complimentary mWell health pass from now until February 29, 2024. This health pass entitles customers to an online doctor consultation, fitness and nutrition programs, as well as the mWell Score, the app’s overall health and wellness tracker. From fitness and nutrition to physical and mental health, PLDT Home customers now have the tools for monitoring— all from the comfort of the home.

PLDT Home’s initiatives to connect Filipinos across the country through relevant fiber plans and offerings are aligned with the Group's commitment to the Government's overall digitalization thrust and are also in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) particularly SDG No. 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. To know more about how PLDT Home supports the digital lifestyle of Filipinos, visit www.pldthome.com.
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