Telco upgrades bear fruit


    Telecommunication upgrades are bearing fruit.

    According to Globe Telecom, 32 million of its customers now enjoy improved call, text and data services from site upgrades in 80 provinces nationwide, the company said.

    Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions Inc. (Converge ICT) meanwhike yesterday started to upgrade broadband speed of its existing and new subscribers after reaching a milestone of one million subscribers.

    Globe’s tower installations and site upgrades have prompted better call and data experience in at least 1,098 cities and municipalities located in Metro Manila and 80 provinces nationwide including Sulu, Dinagat Islands, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Apayao, Abra, and Compostela Valley to name a few.

    Quezon City has the most new site builds with 99 new installations with 20 other cities and towns in NCR, South and North Luzon have new site installations as well. The new site builds and upgrades have improved the mobile experience of customers in these areas.

    The company’s recent Long Term Evolution (LTE) expansion has benefited customers in 19 provinces in Mindanao with Davao del Sur having 12 site upgrades while Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay and Sulu had two; Tawi-Tawi and the rest had at least one site improvement each.

    LTE upgrades have also boosted the signal of 27 towns in Mindanao including Siasi and Pandami in Sulu, Albuera in Leyte, Initao in Misamis Oriental, Malapatan in Sarangani, Dangcagan and Malaybalay in Bukidnon to mention a few.

    All in all, Globe has installed at least 1,050 new cell sites and has upgraded 10,876 sites to further improve its connectivity and expand its coverage to include even the remotest provinces.

    Converge meanwhile said starting December 15, both existing and new subscribers will be able to enjoy permanent speed upgrades to their plans without additional fees, of up to 300 megabits per second (Mbps).

    New subscribers can also enjoy their first month completely free when they apply for any Converge plan from December 12, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021.