Globe to embark on largest network upgrade yet

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Globe Telecom announced on Thursday, Sept. 24, its largest network upgrade to date, 10 years after it introduced data with its nationwide network transformation program.

The Ayala-owned telco said it has laid out a three-pronged strategy to improve voice and data experience of its customers. The first strategy is to accelerate cell site rollout to expand coverage and increase capacity for data.

“With the strong support of ARTA (Anti-Red Tape Authority) and the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover As One or Bayanihan 2, the faster processing and release of various national and LGU permits are crucial to jumpstart the infrastructure builds to improve the country’s overall state of connectivity,” it said. 

The second strategy, it said, is to upgrade all its sites to have 4G/LTE using many different frequencies, which are important for both coverage and speeds.

“With 4G everywhere, the whole country will be data-ready and capable to meet the increasing demands of customers for bandwidth and faster speeds,” the company said. 

The third strategy, it added, is to fast-track the fiberization of Filipino homes to improve data experience using wireline connectivity. 

“As Filipinos spend more time at home because of the lockdowns, Globe hopes to address the growing demand for home broadband with a much larger fiber footprint, using only the most advanced technologies,” the telco said.

All the network upgrades are expected to be completed by 2021, according to the company. 

Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said: “Globe is in a much better position now to fulfill the demands of its customers.  In heeding the call of the government, we shall endeavor to provide our customers with improved network performance and quality of service.  We look towards the future where our country would have a strong digital economy backed by resilient and reliable connectivity.”

For 2020, the company has committed to spend P50.3 billion in capex, majority of which will be spent on its network upgrade initiatives.  

The company previously released a series of network-related updates including the build of 900 cellsites with five common tower companies, securing 190 permits from 85 local government units (LGU), network upgrades in eight key areas of Visayas and Mindanao, as well as putting up 32 new towers in several key barangays in Quezon City.

Globe said it is also rolling out fiber lines in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Cebu and Davao del Sur. The telco’s fiber roll-out during the last eight months already represents a 51.4% increase over full year 2019. To date, the company said it is migrating customers from copper lines to fiber free of charge.

Tt is also firing up its 5G network, targetting areas in key locations such as Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati CBD, Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, strategic areas along EDSA and C5, Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Pin͂as, Valenzuela, and Caloocan.

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