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Globe Telecom Inc. activates Davao cell sites using 700 MHz band

Globe Telecom Inc. extended the coverage of the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum by firing up cell sites in Davao, as part of efforts to improve mobile Internet service, the company said Wednesday (GMA report).

The move in Davao is part of plans to activate an initial batch of 200 cell sites using the 700 MHz band in the next few months.

“As we continue to activate more sites in various parts of the country, we encourage customers to use LTE 700 MHz capable smartphone devices to really feel the difference in mobile internet speeds," said Joel Agustin, Globe SVP for Program Governance, Network Technical Group.

"As a result of additional capacity and greater coverage that spectrum provides, more customers will soon be able to experience better mobile internet services,” Agustin added.

According to Globe, speed test results revealed that with the LTE Advanced technology, using the 700 MHz and 1800 MHz bands generate speeds of up to 160 Mbps.

LTE or Long Term Evolution is wireless technology that supports roaming Internet access through cell phones and other handheld devices.

“We want first world Internet services. To have it we must make our internet infrastructure also at par with other countries. The additional capacity provided by more spectrum use may be short-lived with today’s data-hungry customers and changing digital lifestyle of consumers,” Agustin noted. 

Globe wish list for Duterte: Submarine cables, less red tape

Globe Telecom  Inc. president and CEO Ernest Cu cites 'extreme difficulty' in getting permits, noting that they had to cut their target for cell site deployment.

The chief of Globe Telecom  Inc., Incorporated revealed his two-point wish list for the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte: Set up submarine cables in far-flung areas then rent these out to telcos, and lessen bureaucratic red tape in local government units (LGUs). (rappler report)

"This is what I've proposed to the past governments and to the new one: If you want to play the broadband game, the way to play it is through missionary routes," Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu told Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa.

Cu was referring to providing connectivity in far-flung provinces like Sulu and Basilan in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

"The government of this part of this country, the ARMM, asked us to build sites in their area. If you look at it, Basilan is 20 kilometers from the mainland, while Sulu is 100 kilometers from Basilan. To provide people in those areas with proper connectivity, we need to build submarine cables at great expense," Cu said.

Each submarine cable costs about $30 million to $35 million, said the president and CEO of Globe.

"That is a great expense to support a very low revenue base," Cu told Rappler.

He's suggesting that the government treat submarine cables just like roads.

"The proposal I made to the government is treat it like just building roads. Build those submarine cables in those so-called missionary routes, then they can rent it to the two telcos," Cu said.

He added that it does not make business sense for them to build costly submarine cables in those low-revenue regional markets, as they "need to recover investments within a short period of time."

"The government should have a longer period of time. If we pay them a decent amount of money for the rent, the government can recover [its investments] in, let's say, 20 years to 25 years. It should be alright," Cu said.

In some countries, like Vietnam, the government builds platforms for telco infrastructure then rents them to telcos, according to Cu.

"What I'm saying is, there are many places that don't make sense for us to supply from a business point of view, but is necessary for the people there," he added.

Mean while : Google fired up it's new trans-Pacific internet (undersea) cable between US and Japan.
Internet users and customers in Japan today should notice things seem to be moving a bit…FASTER. Today

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