With the ongoing quarantine protocols, Globe Telecom Inc. has asked for the local governments’ support to push through with its network builds in the next three months.
Globe said it set to push through with its network expansion plans in various provinces all over the country to address the growing demand for more connectivity despite the pandemic.
The company said for the longest time, its bid to expand and put up broadband infrastructure has been stymied by various reasons, such as permitting requirements imposed by local government units, opposition by hostile homeowners’ associations, among others.
“The government and the telcos need to collaborate now, more than ever, to lay down and build the necessary infrastructures to deliver the needed connectivity as more Filipinos adapt to the new normal, which requires more e-services and e-governance. We need to connect as many Filipinos as possible and make their mobile experience more convenient and enjoyable,” said Gil Genio, Globe chief technology and information officer and chief strategy officer.
The company pointed out being connected in the digital context has become a must for Filipinos and for the country to survive this pandemic as work and commercial activities now largely depend on it.
For this to happen, the government and the telco industry must work together to ensure that important broadband infrastructures are in place so that the connectivity much needed in homes, schools, businesses and other establishments can be provided, Globe added.
“This is where we need the help and support of the government, especially the local government units, so that we can expand our capacity by building more cell sites and towers in the next few months in residential areas. We also need to upgrade our fiber connectivity to improve further our data speeds. This is the only way we can address the growing demand not only of our customers but the public in general,” said Genio.
With the help of the government, the company can also bring the digital experience to more Filipinos especially in the far-flung areas of the country.
For this year, Globe has allocated over P60 billion in capital expenditures, bulk of which will be used to finance its broadband network expansion.