5 exclusive villages open to rollout cell sites to improve mobile services

MANILA — Globe Telecom is confident that it could provide improved mobile services after some homeowners associations (HOAs) expressed their willingness to deploy cell sites in their villages in response to the open letter that it released recently.

Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo disclosed that representatives of the company are now conducting meetings with the HOAs of Magallanes, Bel-Air, Greenhills North, Ayala Alabang and Hillsborough to discuss the telecommunication infrastructures that are needed for their respective villages.

“We are confident that the HOAs will consider the benefits of a connected community in this digital age over the myths of health risks,” Castelo said in a statement.

The telco firm issued an open letter to its customers residing in exclusive villages that it is still unable to provide sufficient mobile and internet coverage in their homes due to continuing challenges in securing the necessary permits and right-of-way approval from their respective HOAs and/or barangays.

Globe hopes that it can also sit down with other HOAs to discuss measures on further improving connectivity in their villages.

The villages named in the open letter where Globe is having difficulty to build cell sites are: Forbes Park, Dasmarinas, Magallanes, San Lorenzo, Bel-Air, Green Meadows, La Vista, Greenhills North, Fruitville, JEE Village, BF Homes, Merville, South Bay Garden, Concepcion, Modesta, Loyola Grand Villas, Jaybee, St. Mary’s Subdivision, Vista Real Classica Subdivision, Meteor Homes, Valle Verde 1, Kings Ville Executive Village, Smile CitiHomes Condominium, Thomas Homes, and Vista Rio.

Meanwhile, the homeowners in Dasmarinas Village voted to retain the Outdoor Distributed Antenna System (ODAS) inside their subdivision last April 2 five days after Globe issued the open letter. Although Globe welcomed the development in Dasmarinas Village, the HOA needs to consider replacing the ODAS with regular cell sites to accommodate the increasing number of mobile data users in their subdivision.

The ODAS make use of small cell technology to help amplify mobile signal in a limited area. However, they do not replace the capabilities and performance of cell sites or towers.

Castelo reiterated that cell sites do not pose any adverse effects on human health based on studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

He also emphasized that the Department of Health (DOH) implements a tougher standard on thermal emissions from local cell sites which are at least four times lower than internationally recognized guidelines.

Globe has heightened up the modernization and upgrading of its network through using the latest technologies to further provide seamless mobile connectivity to its subscribers. It has allocated more than a quarter of its revenues annually amounting to USD 750 annually in network investments for more than five years. Aerol Patena/PNA-northboundasia.com