GLOBE Telecom (Globe) on Monday inked a five-year deal with Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei Technologies in a bid to improve the internet services it offers.
Ernest Cu, Globe president and chief executive officer, said the partnership—which involves planning and design of a mobile broadband network utilizing the latest state of the art technology—will help Globe deliver a more robust mobile network as well as innovative market-driven solutions.
He said this will hopefully ensure the company’s success in growing its mobile market.
“Globe is committed in investing in and developing its mobile broadband network, understanding the needs of a growing chunk of our customers for high-speed data connectivity on their mobile devices as they continue to build their lives around a digital lifestyle,” Cu said.
The project also involves the creation of a “mobile innovation center” to yield innovative products and solutions that would ensure Globe maintains its competitive edge and leadership in the intensely competitive local telecommunications industry.
According to Cu, the partnership with Huawei will extend towards capacity expansion of both Globe Telecom’s 3G and 4G network, comprising an upgrade of the mobile operator’s LTE network through deployment of LTE carrier aggregation (CA) technology for a more pervasive reach of the cutting-edge mobile data technology.
The partnership will also cover development of greenfield sites, deployment of small cell technology, extensive indoor coverage expansion program, core network upgrade and expansion of the company’s fiber footprint.
Huawei was also Globe’s technology partner when it implemented a $700 million network modernization program that began in 2011 which provided the adoption of the latest telecommunication technologies for increased data capacities.
The modernization initiative, completed last year, delivered an advanced network infrastructure in the country, putting in a brand-new access, transport, and core network nationwide.
The company also completed a nationwide rollout of its 4G network using the HSPA+ technology.