Globe eyes to build more cell sites in 3Q

GLOBE is set to start several cell site builds in different parts of the country in the next three months as part of its network expansion plans for the rest of the year.

Globe remains steadfast in its bid to further improve its services to customers despite health and safety concerns brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The major cell site builds will start in July covering several areas in Metro Manila, North and South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Globe customers in the areas in which the projects will be implemented are being advised in advance that they may experience temporary service disruptions such as loss of signal or internet connectivity for at least an hour anytime during the day.

“In order to complete the installations of the cell sites and towers, our customers and the public in general may experience temporary disruptions in their call, text and mobile data services. We would like to assure our customers that we will send out advisories days before the service disruptions will happen so that they can fully prepare when the time comes,” Joel Agustin, Globe senior vice president for program and development-network technical group, said.

Affected customers will receive advisories through SMS or other available channels on the anticipated short interruptions.

The company’s build efforts will help increase capacity in response to the challenge of growing demand for data and need for connectivity as the country adapts to the new normal.

According to Tower Xchange’s 2019 3rd quarter report, there are at least 17,850 cell sites in the Philippines. Vietnam in comparison has more than 90,000 cell sites.

Moreover, latest data from We Are Social showed that internet penetration in the Philippines stood at 67 percent in January this year.

The country now has 73 million users on social media. This brings the users per site ratio at 4,089 users that are sharing one cell site. (PR)