Ayala-led Globe Telecom has confirmed plans to deploy 1,800 new LTE-700 cell sites in 2017, marking a three-fold increase on the 500 locations commissioned last year, as the operator ramps up its 4G expansion programme. The cellco is looking to fulfil a target of providing mobile coverage to about 95% cities/municipalities – part of a commitment it has made to the regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). In addition, Globe will continue to roll out 4G at 2600MHz, extending its footprint to 1,000 new sites, aided by the receipt of additional spectrum in this band following its joint acquisition of the telecoms assets of San Miguel Corp (SMC). Prior to the joint purchase – with rival PLDT Inc. – these spectrum assets were said to be lying idle and unutilised. Mr Cu confirmed that Globe will deploy LTE-700 and LTE-2600 mainly in densely populated areas of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao where the majority of customers using LTE-compatible devices are to be found.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2016 Globe, the Philippines’ second largest mobile operator by subscribers, announced that its 4G network rollout was continuing apace with Joel Agustin, Globe senior vice president for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, confirming that the operator is on course to meet its goal of rolling out approximately 4,500 multi-band, multi-mode software-defined radio stations to about 95% of cities and municipalities within a three-year period.