ABOITIZ Group’s infrastructure arm Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. is venturing into small cells business to supplement its common tower project that would help boost the country’s connectivity and network quality.
Heeding the government’s call to help improve the Philippine’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the company is offering its small cell network nationwide to support telecommunication companies (telcos) and internet service providers (ISPs) with their wireless network capacity and coverage.
A small cell network is a series of small low-powered, short-ranged antennas that provide coverage and capacity, meant to work in conjunction with macro cell towers. Small cells are expected to play a key role in the deployment of 5G, which requires antenna density to deliver larger quantities of data at higher speeds.
Similar to the common towers business model, telcos and ISPs can co-locate in Aboitiz InfraCapital’s network sites, thereby helping fast-track expansion, increase service reliability, reduce costs, and lessen redundant sites.
“Consistent with our commitment to help meet the demand for better telecommunication services, we are happy to partner with telcos and other ISPs in accelerating the expansion of their network capacity and coverage throughout the country. Our small cell network, which is readily available in high-density urban cities such as Subic, Cebu, and Davao, will surely complement their individual efforts to boost service quality,” said Rafael Aboitiz, general manager of Aboitiz InfraCapital’s small cell business.
As telcos and ISPs seek to increase antenna density to provide for the data demands of 5G technology and address network congestion, small cells are viewed as a quick and scalable solution. Likewise, small cells deployed in strategic areas are expected to facilitate network innovation like IoT (Internet-of-Things) services.
“We are optimistic about our prospects in digital infrastructure and are keen to pursue more opportunities in the industry with the government and our partners,” Aboitiz said.
The Aboitiz Group has a strong nationwide presence with a track record for project development, execution, and asset management, which makes the company the perfect partner for developing innovative and sustainable ICT infrastructure in the Philippines. (PR)