Apart from Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms is also ramping up the continuous deployment of 700 MHz cell sites.
As a matter of fact, the company plans to increase the utilization of the said low-frequency spectrum by more than 300% to hasten the improvement of internet service to its customers.
Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said the company plans to roll out within the year the LTE 700 in close to 1,800 sites, more than three-fold increase from the 500 sites that it was able to deploy last year. “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. Globe has consistently delivered superior mobile services and as the country’s network of choice by smartphone users, we want to be able to stay ahead of the demand curve, taking into account our customers’ growing requirement for bandwidth-intensive content,” said Cu.
The company's plan is to fulfill their target of providing more than 95% of cities and municipalities in the country in 3 years in compliance to the their commitment to National Telecommunications Commission.
According to Cu, the new LTE 700MHz and LTE 2600 MHz sites will be deployed in densely populated areas, mainly in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, where majority of customers using LTE-compatible devices are located. Globe began deployment of LTE sites using the 700 MHz band in June this year following a partial acquisition of San Miguel’s telecommunication assets, which also included spectrum resources in the 1800 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2600 MHz.
Aside from the 700 MHz LTE cell sites, Globe is also currently expanding coverage and increasing the capacities for 1000 sites using the 2600 MHz band. Globe also plans to deploy 425,000 high-speed broadband bands within 2017 in line with target of rolling out 2 million home broadband lines with speed of at least 10 Mbps by 2020 for 2 million homes in the next 3 years.