Following its acquisition of a controlling stake in Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is set to launch 'broadband over power lines' (BPL) next year.
Inquirer.net, a leading news website in the Philippines, reported that the BPL "will allow PLDT to efficiently bring broadband services to virtually all of Meralco’s 24 million customers concentrated in Metro Manila and nearby areas at a minimal cost. The technology will allow the company to deliver Internet services to households using Meralco’s network of power lines in Metro Manila."
This is how BPL works:
The subscriber can plug his computer into any electrical outlet in his home to instantly have access to high-speed internet with speeds between 500kbps and 3mbps, which is equivalent to DSL and cable, or even faster.
No official statement yet, but I have heard that the payment for PLDT BPL internet service will be included in the monthly Meralco electric bill. How much? We don't know yet.