PLDT partners with ASUS to offer WiFi 6 system


PLDT HOME has partnered with Asus in bringing WiFi 6 technology and providing faster internet connection speeds to the internet provider’s subscribers starting Nov. 26.

In a virtual launch on Wednesday, PLDT Home will be offering Asus products, namely: the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rapture GT-AX11000 gaming router and Asus ZenWiFi XT8 mesh router, as add-ons to existing Fibr subscribers who wish to have next level digital experiences at home.

“This partnership is in line with our mission to empower Filipino families to rediscover meaningful experiences and further pursue their passions powered by the strongest Fibr connection at home,” PLDT Senior Vice President Menardo G. Jimenez said.

PLDT Home said that with the routers from Asus, customers will have four times faster WiFi speeds at 1000 megabits per second (mbps), can cover 50% more area up to 270 square meters, and can support up to 50 devices simultaneously.

Asus Regional Marketing Manager John Robert Osorio said the company’s Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 gaming router is the most powerful and most awarded router available in the market today.

Mr. Osorio said the Rapture GT-AX11000 gaming router is capable of 11,000 mbps of data throughput and has features such as a 1.8 gigahertz (GHz) 64-bit quad-core CPU and a 2.5G gigabit gaming port.

Meanwhile, Mr. Osorio said the company’s ZenWiFi XT8 is capable of up to 6,600 mbps throughput. Some of the router’s features include a 1.5 GHz quad core CPU and WP3 security, among others.

“It has increased capacity and efficiency, and has wider coverage, and commercial-grade security,” Mr. Osorio said.

PLDT is now offering bundles for its PLDT Home subscribers who want to avail of the WiFi 6 routers from Asus.

Existing PLDT Home Fibr customers can avail of the Asus ROG Rapture GT AX11000 as an add-on for P1,349 per month for 24 months, P2,599 per month for 12 months, or for a one-time purchase of P26,700.

On the other hand, Asus ZenWiFi XT8 can be purchased by existing PLDT Home Fibr clients for P1,399 per month for 24 months, P2,599 per month for 12 months, or for a single purchase price of P26,299.

PLDT said the two WiFi 6 mesh routers are only available in areas within Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

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