Filipino operator Globe Telecom, controlled by the Ayala group, has completed the first phase of its USD700 million network modernisation and transformation programme within its Q1 2013 schedule. According to Emmanuel Estrada, head of network strategy at Globe Network Technology group, the company has successfully replaced 100% of its cell sites across the country with more advanced equipment. ‘The first phase of the modernisation is practically done. We have immediately moved to the next phase of optimising our new equipment for maximum performance. This concludes the modernisation of our access [last mile] network,’ Estrada said. As a separate strand to its upgrade programme, Globe Telecom is also in the process of improving its transport and core network elements, he added, while work is also ongoing with the modernisation of its fibre transport infrastructure and switching and core network.
According to Estrada, Globe has already deployed more than 6,000km of additional fibre in areas where demand for traffic is high, and has completed its submarine cable links in Boracay and Palawan. Likewise, the official said that around 54% of Globe’s cell sites are already running on 3.5G HSPA+ technology.