Globe Telecom fast-tracks roll-out of LTE services

MANILA — In line with the company’s commitment to improve its internet services, Globe Telecom recently rolled out in 150 sites the 700 megahertz (MHz) band. Most of the 150 sites are in Metro Manila.

The company said it is fast-tracking the roll-out of LTE (Long Term Evolution) services nationwide using the 700 MHz frequency.

“We are confident that more and more of our customers will experience improved services as adoption of LTE-capable devices increases and as we continue to deploy LTE 700 in more sites. This is consistent with our strategy of continuously improving internet services using the previously idle 700 MHz spectrum that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) now allows us to co-use,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Telecom senior vice president for Program Governance, Network Technical Group.

He explained that the LTE 700 sites cover major business districts and highly-urbanized, populated areas in the country.

Agustin also highlighted that customers using LTE 700 devices are steadily increasing in these areas.

He added that in Quezon City, for instance, the technology now covers a majority portion of the city after the LTE 700 sites activated by Globe Telecom increased four times from the initial roll-out of 11 sites.

Meanwhile, Globe Telecom said it plans to activate more than 500 LTE 700 sites across the country by the end of 2016.

According to Agustin, majority of these sites will be located in Metro Manila, enabling the company to deliver close to 100 percent coverage of LTE 700 for the entire metropolitan area.

“This, in turn, is expected to substantially improve mobile internet experience of customers in the region,” he said.

The company also said it is maximizing the use of the 700 MHz band in fulfillment of its commitment in the co-use agreement with BellTel, following the sellout of San Miguel’s telco assets.

Globe Telecom committed to deploy about 4,500 multiband, multimode software defined radio base station equipment to 95 percent of total municipalities and cities in the country.

The company believes this will improve overall customer experience in terms of speed and reliability of mobile internet services. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA/