Globe installs towers in underserved areas

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    Globe Telecom Inc. has installed new cell towers in underserved areas in Mindanao, North Luzon, South Luzon and Visayas.

    The newly-installed 39 cell towers in 23 provinces and one city will further improve the call, text messaging and data experience of more than 100,000 current and future customers, according to Globe.

    “Our aggressive network builds and investments in areas that matter to us, where our customers need the service they deserve, will continue in 2021. Our rollouts in previously underserved areas will set the stage for more builds as we reach out to more far-flung areas in the country,” said Joel Agustin, Globe senior vice president for program delivery, network technical group.

    In Mindanao, Globe said it was able to build at least one cell tower in Agusan Del Norte, Bukidnon, Davao City, Davao Oriental, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Agusan del Sur.

    Palawan topped the provinces with the most builds in South Luzon with seven cell towers in Busuanga, Coron and Puerto Princesa. At least one tower was installed in Camarines Norte; Camarines Sur; Marinduque; Occidental Mindoro; Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; and San Narciso, Quezon.  Globe has also expanded its network in Leyte, Butuan, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Cebu City, Guimaras and Negros Occidental.

    In North Luzon, recent installations were made in Aurora, Cagayan, Isabela and La Union.

    This year, Globe is targeting to build at least 2,000 new cell towers to address the increase in demand for connectivity.

    The new builds and upgrades have begun to improve the overall experience of customers, Globe said.

    Ookla’s quarterly data showed that Globe’s overall mobile consistency score in the fourth quarter of 2020 improved to 60.82 percent from third quarter’s 56.83 percent.

    Globe’s regional mobile consistency scores also improved from the previous quarter in 16 out of 17 regions, registering increases as high as 10 percentage points, with consistency scores ranging from 39 percent and 65 percent in fourth quarter of 2020.

    Mobile consistency score measures the number of incidences viewed as a percentage of a provider’s samples equal or exceed both a download threshold of 5 megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload threshold of 1 Mbps. – Myla Iglesias