Filipino telco Globe Telecom has inked a five-year partnership deal with Chinese equipment maker Huawei Technologies as it moves to improve and upgrade its mobile broadband capabilities ahead of the rumoured entry of Australia’s Telstra to the Philippines’ wireless market, which could ramp up competition there. According to Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu, the tie-up with the vendor covers the planning, design and implementation of state-of-the-art mobile broadband internet technology and will help it to provide a more resilient service to end users, as well as to future proof its offerings. ‘Globe is committed to investing in and developing its mobile broadband network, understanding the needs of a growing chunk of our customers for high speed data connectivity on their mobile devices as they continue to build their lives around a digital lifestyle,’ Cu is quoted by local press as saying.
The Globe supremo went on to point out that the multi-year project is designed to establish a so-called ‘mobile innovation centre’ to develop a range of advanced products while, simultaneously, Huawei will deliver a capacity expansion of both its 3G and 4G networks, including the installation of LTE carrier aggregation (CA) technology, green-field site deployments to boost indoor/outdoor coverage, a core network upgrade and expanding the company’s fibre-optic footprint.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month rumours began circulating that Telstra is expected to invest at least USD1 billion in the Philippines market via its mobile joint venture (JV) with beer and food conglomerate San Miguel Corp (SMC). The new operator would join a market which is currently a virtual duopoly between Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom.