Philippines’ Telecommunication Plans to Deploy Thousands High-speed Broadband Lines This Year
The Philippines’ telecommunication giant, Globe Telecomm Inc. was said to be deploying some 425,000 high-speed broadband lines this year as it boosts the deployment of its 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum that it co-developed by one of its closest competitor PLDT Inc. last year.
The said plan for this year is in line with Globe’s target to roll out some 2 million home broadband lines with at least 10 megabytes per second (Mbps) speed, according to a statement sent by Globe.
So far, there are approximately 260,000 home broadband lines that have been deployed all over the country as noted by telco, and progressive roll outs will be expected to be done within the next three years until the year 2020 to provide better service to at least two million homes, it added.
Meanwhile, Globe’s President and CEO, Ernest Cu noted that the telco giant intends to roll out the LTE 700 MHz in close to at least 1,800 this year. Last year, it was able to deploy at least 500 LTE 700 sites.
LTE or the Long Term Evolution is the wireless technology that supports roaming internet access through mobile phones and other handheld devices.
According to Globe, due to LTE’s longer reach and better penetration qualities indoor, the 700 MHz spectrum will be one of the most efficient bands for LTE technology.
“We continue to maximize the use of the previously unutilized 700 MHz, because, at the end of the day, our basic product is still the network,”
Also, the plan is in line with the target of providing at least 95 percent of cities and municipalities across the country with mobile coverage, which the telecommunication giant previously committed to the National Telecommunications Commission.
Moreover, Globe is likewise expanding its coverage and capacities for at least 1000 sites through its 2600 MHz band.
The previous co-acquisition deal of the telecommunication giant covering the telecommunication transaction of expanded company, San Miguel Corp. last year has led Globe to gain access to the 700 MHz and achieve additional allocation within the 2600 MHz band.
Globe noted that before the acquisition, such spectrum assets were idle and unused.