Globe Telecom of the Philippines says that – under its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) when it was granted co-use of 700MHz and other spectrum bands, following the acquisition of 50% of San Miguel Corp (SMC’s) telecom assets in 2016 – it is on track to roll out LTE services to 95% of cities and municipalities by end-2018. By the end of 3Q18, the operator had deployed almost 12,000 4G cell sites across the country, of which close to 3,000 operate at 700MHz and over 3,700 at 2600MHz. Additionally, Globe Telecom says it has switched on around 300 Massive MIMO sites using the 2600MHz band, using the multiple input, multiple output technology to increases wireless throughput and improve cell capacity.
Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, Joel Agustin, said that the company’s 4G coverage extends to all major business districts and high-population density areas in the Philippines, as customers using LTE-capable devices are steadily increasing in these areas. Roughly half of all new sites commissioned this year are in NCR/GMA region, 35% are in North Luzon and South Luzon, and 15% are in Visayas and Mindanao, he said. As a result, coverage stood at 90% of cities and municipalities nationwide at 30 September 2018.