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Globe to build 200 new cell sites in Batangas, 50,000 fiber-to-the-home lines this year

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Local telco giant Globe today shared that the company will be improving its network in Batangas.
Globe to build 200 new cell sites in Batangas, 50,000 fiber-to-the-home lines this year
New cell sites and fiber-to-the-home lines in Batangas this year

The upgrades will bring a 60 percent increase in coverage for mobile and a 150 percent increase in Fiber in the area

As a part of its sustained network builds, Globe is planning to build 200 new cell sites in the said province. Currently, Batangkas has 361 Globe sites. 85 percent of which will have an additional 4G capacity.

Apart from the new cell sites, Globe is also installing 50,000 fiber-to-the-home lines this year to beef up its existing lines in the province.

At the Liveable Cities Local Lab event, Globe assured Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas that the telco will continue to offer digital tools and build a robust network in culturally rich Batangas.

To recap, Liveable Cities Local Lab, co-organized by Liveable Cities Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines in partnership with Globe, serves as a platform for sharing good practices, innovation, appropriate technology, urban planning, and local government unit (LGU) management.

According to Globe, the upgrades will bring a 60 percent increase in coverage for mobile and a 150 percent increase in Fiber in the area.

We are seeing a 60 percent increase in coverage, a significant increase in fortified 4G sites, and a 150 percent increase in fiber. These initiatives will improve overall experience in the province with faster internet speeds and lower latency, said Peter Maquera, Globe Senior Vice President for Enterprise Group.

Globe shared the improvement in connectivity in the province as mobile data average download speed increased 38 percent to 16.8 Mbps in Q1 2021 from 12.1 Mbps in Q1 2020. 

Average latency also improved to 29 from 50 milliseconds. Latency is the amount of time it takes for information to be transmitted from source to its intended destination. A lower latency score is better.

One of the three major landing stations and cable systems of Globe is in Nasugbu, Batangas. 

Globe is also currently building a 4th cable landing station to accommodate international cable systems and 3,800 kilometers of new underground fiber optic cable to support the new cable station.

Aside from the network builds, Ayala Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala enjoin Batangas to also look into the development and use of green energy.

Zobel, who is also Chairman of Globe, said the Ayala Group through AC Energy and Infrastructure Corp. is pursuing renewable energy developments through solar power plants in Alaminos, Laguna, and in Palauig, Zambales.

Globe has started replacing lead-acid batteries on its 105 cell sites in the province with lithium-ion batteries since 2015. New builds will be using lithium-ion batteries due to their higher energy density, a faster rate of charging over VRLA, and more stable backup power. 

Globe also replaced 23 end-of-life AC generators with modern DC generators that have higher efficiency and more fuel-efficient systems. Lower diesel fuel consumption means reduced carbon emissions and lowers operational costs in fuel and maintenance. 

The company has installed Free Cooling System (FCS) to reduce dependency on air-conditioners to maintain the required temperatures in its cell sites o reduce electricity consumption in its indoor cell sites.

As of March 2021, Globe has installed 37 FCS in its cell sites in Batangas.  
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