Globe embarks on ambitious network upgrade after 10 years of introducing data

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Globe announced its largest network upgrade to date, 10 years after it introduced data with its nationwide network transformation program.

Set to be completed in 2021, the network upgrade comes at the heels of the government asking telcos to improve internet services especially at these times when connectivity is a critical need.

"In heeding the call of the government, we shall endeavor to provide our customers with improved network performance and quality of service," said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.

"We look towards the future where our country would have a strong digital economy backed by resilient and reliable connectivity."

Globe said its first strategy is to accelerate cell site builds to expand coverage and increase capacity for data. With the strong support of the Anti-Red Tape Authority and the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover As One Act or Bayanihan 2, the faster processing and release of various national and LGU permits are crucial to jumpstart the infrastructure upgrade to improve the country's overall state of connectivity.

The company previously released a series of network related updates including the construction of 900 cell sites with five shared independent tower companies, securing 190 permits from 85 local government units, and network upgrades in eight key areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

The second strategy 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.

Even as Globe undertakes a massive network upgrade, it is also firing up its 5G network in key locations such as Bonifacio Global City, Makati CBD (Central Business District), Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, strategic areas along EDSA and C5, Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Pin͂as, Valenzuela, and Caloocan.

The third is to fast track the fiberization of Filipino homes to improve data experience using wireline connectivity. As people spend more time at home because of the lockdowns, Globe said it hopes to address the growing demand for home broadband with a much larger fiber footprint using only the most advanced technologies.

To date, the company is proactively migrating customers from copper lines to fiber free of charge. Globe is also rolling out fiber lines in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Cebu and Davao del Sur.

Globe is committed to support 10 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, such as UNSDG No. 9 on building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation.

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