Filipino mobile operator Globe Telecom has activated 500 new cell sites in the Visayas and Mindanao region, using 2600MHz frequencies acquired via its joint buyout of San Miguel Corp’s (SMC’s) telecommunication assets, with rival PLDT. Globe’s Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Joel R. Agustin, said: ‘This will give customers faster data speed capabilities to serve growing demand for bandwidth. With 500 sites already activated, our customers in the Visayas and Mindanao will experience faster internet service and the reliability that this band provides.’
Only last month, Globe switched on a number of new cell sites operating at 700MHz in Davao City, as part of its drive to improve mobile broadband internet speeds in the country. The expansion update followed hard on the heels of a statement from Globe that it is planning to activate 700MHz cell sites in 200 locations across the Philippines within the next few months, and mirrors a recent move by rival Smart’s decision to activate four more LTE-700 sites in Davao City last month; the PLDT unit is making 700MHz LTE available at 360 sites in the next year. The acquisition of the 700MHz band in the same SMC deal also promises better signal penetration and stronger indoor coverage, says Agustin.