GLOBE Telecom Inc. is “on course” to meet its commitments to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on the buildup of its 4G mobile network, which will soon cover 95 percent of the cities and municipalities in the Philippines.
Joel Agustin, a senior vice president at Globe, said his group has intensified its network upgrade and expansion this year, closing the first half with the deployment of 1,752 LTE sites carrying the 700 megahertz and 2600 MHz bands across different areas nationwide.
Today, Globe has more than 26,200 4G sites, of which about 12,000 are LTE stations.
“We are on course to fulfill our commitment of deploying LTE services to 95 percent of municipalities nationwide by the end of 2018,” Agustin said.
The company and its competitor Smart Communications Inc. both committed to the regulator that they will maximize the use of the spectrum they co-acquired from San Miguel Corp. in 2016.
Their commitments were similar: cover 95 percent of the key cities and municipalities nationwide by end-2018.
Agustin said the efforts of Globe to improve its network has resulted in a 40-percent increase in mobile-data traffic to 390 Petabytes in the first semester of 2018.
He added his group’s improvement efforts were made top priority due to customers’ growing use of smartphones to access the Internet, video-streaming apps and games.
“We are aggressively improving our existing network infrastructure by building more cell sites and base stations to enhance the quality of experience of our customers,” he added.
Globe has bundled content access to its mobile data offers to further stimulate growth in usage. Contents include videos, games and music, among others.
“We recognize the evolving needs of our customers on how they use data. Our aggressive network upgrade will enable us to satisfy the demand for bandwidth, which is likely to increase further, moving forward,” Agustin said.
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