In an effort to increase the number of cell sites in Metro Manila as well as to demonstrate that cell signals are safe, mobile operator Globe Telecom has partnered with petroleum firm Shell for the installation of new cell sites in a number of its retail stations.
Once completed, Shell’s network of strategically located stations throughout the country will become Go WiFi hotspots where customers can have Internet connectivity.
Cesar Romero, president and CEO of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) and chairman of Shell Companies in the Philippines (SCiP), explained the partnership is in line with its vision of developing smarter cities and smarter infrastructures.
“We believe providing better connectivity is a vital component of progress,” he said.
For his part, Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said the tie-up with Shell supports its commitment to build a more cell sites for its customers’ expanding data needs.
“We are constantly seeking ways to improve customer experience, especially in high-traffic and strategic areas. The partnership, which we project will lead to improved mobile services, is a win-win collaboration for the two companies, benefiting both our customers,” he emphasized.
As part of the agreement, the two companies have identified as target sites 14 of Shell’s retail stations, most of which are located along major thoroughfares and major areas of convergence.
With the partnership, faster GoWiFi hotspots will soon become available in select Shell retail stations.
Apart from the installation of new cell sites in a number of its retail stations, Shell also stands to become the first petrol station to offer the scan-to-pay facility of Globe’s GCash.
Through this new payment option, customers can pay for Shell fuels and other items inside Select and the newly opened Deli Cafe via mobile wallet.