Sun Cellular expands; Globe to launch nationwide

20 Jun 2005

Sun Cellular has struck agreements with equipment suppliers Huawei Technologies, Ericsson and Alcatel for a major expansion program aimed at increasing its capacity to accommodate three million subscribers by the end of June, and six million by the end of the year. The operator, which currently has 1,300 operational cell sites serving 1.7 million subscribers, has earmarked USD200 million for the network development. Under the terms of the deal, Huawei Technologies will upgrade the existing network in the National Capital Region (NCR), Ericsson will work on the Visayas-Mindanao area and Alcatel will supply equipment for the Luzon region.

In a separate story, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved an application by fixed line operator Globe Telecom to offer its services nationwide. The move will enable Globe to compete on a level playing field with the country’s number one cellco PLDT. Globe’s application was opposed by 39 telcos, including PLDT, which said there was no need for a second national fixed line operator.