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Globe Telecom Inc. plans to activate 200 cell sites using 700 MHZ band

Globe Telecom Inc. plans to activate 200 cell sites in the next few months, using the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum in an effort to improve mobile Internet service, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

"The company is looking to use the 700 MHz in more sites throughout the country, emphasizing that this particular spectrum is one of the most efficient bands in the deployment of LTE technology," said Joel Agustion, Globe SVP for Program Governance, Network Technical Group.

"The 700MHz band is the ideal spectrum for LTE deployment due to its longer reach and better indoor penetration qualities,” Agustin added.

Globe noted it is the first telco in the country to tap the 700 MHz spectrum less than a week after a co-acquisition of the telecom assets of San Miguel Corp. in late May.
LTE or Long Term Evolution is wireless technology that supports roaming Internet access through cell phones and other handheld devices.

The first 700 MHz site is located near Hardin ng Bougainvillea in UP Diliman, Quezon City, benefitting customers within a radius of 2.2 kilometers from the cell tower. 

The other cell sites, equipped with the 700 MHz, are located in Quezon City and covering key locations such as Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Tomas Morato, G. Araneta Ave., Talayan Village, North Ave., Project 6, Mindanao Ave., Philam Subdivision, Trinoma and SM City, Culiat, New Era, Commonwealth Ave, Tandang Sora, Tierra Pura, Baranggay Holy Spirit, BF Quezon City, Mapayapa, Don Antonio, C.P. Garcia, Katipunan Avenue also covering Ateneo Miriam and Loyola Heights.

Recently, Philippines operator Globe Telecom has installed 130 sites using the 2600 MHz spectrum in Visayas, Mindanao. The operator's additional allocation in the 2600 MHz band is part of the resources that Globe recently acquired following a joint purchase of San Miguel Corp.'s telecommunication assets.

 source: GMA,

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