A key official of Globe Telecom said on Monday that to be able to provide good services to its subscribers, it will not stop investing in new technology.
Globe said that the capital expenditures won’t stop, while the company’s subscribers increase the company also need to increase capacity and it will translate to expenditures.
“Ang capex [capital expenditure]ng network ay hindi natatapos iyan. The capital expenditure for the network will never stop,” said Yolly Crisanto, corporate communications head of Globe, in Filipino.
In line with this, Globe said that it is willing to spend $250,000 to build new technology to significantly enhance connectivity amid growing use of bandwidth-intensive devices.
“The advent of smartphones use has sharply increased bandwidth requirement in these exclusive villages and Globe Telecom is ready to implement solutions that would best address connectivity concerns in these exclusive villages,” said Emmanuel Estrada, head of Network Technologies Strategy of Globe.
The Ayala-led telecommunication firm said that such solutions include the use of outdoor distributed antenna system (ODAS), which makes use of a specialized lamp posts built with radio signal transmission capability, as well as the use of cell sites disguised as palm trees.
At present, Globe services are delivered to subscribers in exclusive villages through cell sites located around the village perimeter.
Active antenna systems
The ODAS solution makes use of fiber-optic cables installed in lamp posts along sidewalks to distribute a base station’s signals to multiple low power active antenna systems installed in nominal locations inside residential subdivisions. This enables the delivery of reliable mobile-phone service without the need for gigantic cell home towers.
Also, the aesthetic tree solution, which makes use of cell sites disguised as palm tress, is another solution that Globe is ready to deploy in exclusive villages to address aesthetic concerns over the use of tower cell sites.
Estrada said that company efforts to deploy cell sites in exclusive villages is in step with the company’s network and information technology transformation program, which involves a complete change-out of equipment. This will require a huge layout in capital expenditure.
To raise funds for its capex, Globe signed a $75-million term loan facility with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd-Singapore.
The telco company increased its capex for 2013 to $650 million from last year’s $600 million. The Ayala-led company is spending $700 million to finance its network modernization program.
Rosalie C. Periabras