Globe said Tuesday it fired up 26 new LTE-capable cell sites in Oriental Mindoro and Marinduque provinces in the first half of 2022.
The telecom arm of the Ayala Group said it collaborated with the Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative Inc. and the Marinduque Electric Cooperative Inc. to power up 17 cell sites and nine towers, respectively.
These benefitted around 102,000 customers in both provinces through faster and more reliable internet connection.
The partnership involves a joint pole agreement that allows Globe to tap the electric coops’ infrastructure for its connectivity equipment. The coops also assist Globe with its permanent power applications and securing necessary permits.
“Globe consistently builds a stronger relationship with partners and stakeholders to uplift the lives of Filipinos. We strongly believe that different organizations can work together to achieve positive societal impact. By moving towards a common goal, we leverage each other’s strengths and capabilities to address the needs of the communities and improve the experience of our customers,” said Michelle Ora, Site Lifecycle Management Services vice president at Globe.
Globe spent P50.5 billion in capital expenditures in the first half, mostly dedicated to network expansion and upgrades to provide better and faster connectivity to customers and bring a first-world network to the rest of the country. This figure closed at P74.4 billion by end-September.
Globe said that within the same period, it installed 572 new cell towers and upgraded 6,800 mobile sites to 4G. It aims to build at least 1,700 new cell sites by year end.