Globe Telecom and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have signed a deal that will allow the former to deploy wireless infrastructure in MMDA controlled areas, as part of its efforts to enhance network coverage in the National Capital Region (NCR). Globe President/CEO Ernest Cu and MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos signed the deal yesterday (8 August) at the MMDA headquarters. The agreement initially covers MMDA flood control facilities located in different areas of Metro Manila, such as: Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard and Barangay 190 in Pasay City; Sta Ana, Tondo, Quiapo, Pandacan, Sta. Cruz, Binondo, Sampaloc, Paco and Sta Mesa in Manila; Balong Bato in San Juan City; Channel Taguig, Barangay Wawa and Barangay Hagonoy in Taguig City; and C6 Tapayan in Taytay, Rizal.
Cu commented: ‘The permitting process for the deployment of wireless infrastructure has been a major challenge for telecommunication operators like Globe and the MMDA’s decision to support our efforts in providing better mobile coverage for our customers is a ground-breaking development that will lend valuable support for our endeavour of ushering the Philippines to become a digital nation.’ Going forward, Globe intends to deploy LTE networks in the MMDA zones using 700MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum, including frequencies recently acquired from local conglomerate San Miguel Corp.