Globe promises 95% Philippines mobile broadband coverage by end of 2018

02 August 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Globe Telecom of the Philippines plans to cover 95% of towns and cities in the country with mobile broadband by the end of 2018, the company has told the national regulator.

In a submission to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Globe said it would use additional spectrum that it acquired in a joint buyout of the telecoms assets of San Miguel would give it the coverage needed.

The rollout plan is one of the conditions set by the NTC in approving the co-use agreement covering the spectrum resources that Globe acquired from the joint buy out – with rival operator PLDT – of San Miguel’s telco assets.

Globe general counsel Froilan Castelo told the NTC it will be deploying about 4,500 multiband, multimode software-defined radio base stations and capacity upgrades to improve overall customer experience in terms of speed and reliability of its mobile services.

Two months after gaining access to the spectrum assets, Globe says it has already upgraded over 25 cell sites with LTE at 700MHs and more than 600 cell sites with additional 2600MHz spectrum and about 1,500 cell sites with additional 1800MHz spectrum as part of the company’s commitment to improve mobile internet speeds within one year.

“We are committed to pursue our aggressive mobile broadband coverage and capacity expansion programmes in order to meet mobile data traffic growth and increasing demand for mobile connectivity,” said Castelo. “We are confident that our strategy of combining new site builds with efficient use of spectrum resources and adopting new broadband wireless technologies such as LTE-Advanced will allow us to satisfy the changing needs of our mobile customers.”