Globe Telecom is expanding its LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD footprint in Visayas and Mindanao, and has activated its first site in Lahug, Cebu City as part of the initiative to roll out its ultra-broadband infrastructure in the central and southern provinces.
The Ayala-led company said that the activation follows the signing of a partnership last September 17 between Globe and Alcatel Lucent in Paris, France for the transformation of the telecommunication provider’s wireless network infrastructure in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, upgrading it from WiMax to LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD ultra broadband access technologies.
The signing of the partnership where Globe was represented by Ayala Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Fernando Zobel de Ayala, was witnessed by Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd and French President François Hollande. Alcatel Chief Executive Officer Michel Combes signed the partnership for the LTE-technology provider.
“The rollout is part of Globe Telecom’s continuing adoption of more advanced technologies for better connectivity experience, higher network capacity, faster transmission speeds, addressing increasing demand for fast and reliable broadband service,” said Ernest Cu, Globe president and chief executive officer.
“The activation of less than a week after we signed the partnership indicates the aggressive way we are going out to roll out LTE technologies moving forward onto the next year to further enhance the mobile browsing experience of our customers,” he added.
Cu explained that the technology offers higher bandwidth and thus increases the speed of data transfer, provides lower latency and improves spectrum efficiency, which increases overall network capacity.
He emphasized that the project is particularly significant for the Visayas region, which is still recovering from last year’s severe typhoon. This project also supports the Philippine government’s thrust to expand the reach of broadband Internet services which has been emphasized as an area for national improvement.
For his part, Michel Combes, chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent, said in a statement: “This project not only highlights how our LTE-TDD technology is expanding, but also continues the strong momentum of mobile ultra-broadband access in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Globe will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) in approximately 1,200 sites, along with a converged network management and network security system to manage and control the network equipment on an end-to-end basis.
The transformation of Globe Telecom’s existing WiMax network to state-of-the-art LTE–TDD and LTE-FDD technologies would help meet ever-increasing demand for high-speed mobile Internet access in Visayas and Mindanao.
“As a key provider of infrastructure for some of the largest LTE network deployments in the world, Alcatel-Lucent’s support for Globe Telecom’s network expansion program is a milestone in our growing global leadership in mobile ultra-broadband access,” Combes said.