Globe Telecom recently announced that it has complete the modernization of its major infrastructures in the Davao region and key areas in Mindanao, forming a significant part of the rollout of its brand new network and intensifying mobile services in the vast regions which include Zamboanga and Misamis.
Chief Technical Adviser of Globe Robert Tan affirmed that the network build of Globe in Davao and its nearby areas is currently bringing-in better mobile coverage, increased data speeds and better network reliability in that part of the country, noting that ‘in terms of service quality after the upgrade, our call set-up rate improved dramatically. Now, a call you make in Davao consistently gets connected at even first try.”
He confirmed that Davao City and adjacent provinces are now fully equipped with new generation mobile systems capable of supporting fourth-generation Evolved High-Speed Packet Access or 4G HSPA+.
“In Mindanao, completed HSPA+ cell sites include Tipo-tipo in Basilan; Cabangsalan, Impasug-ong, Malaybalay and Sumilao in Bukidnon; Don Victoriano Chiongbian in Misamis Occidental; Norala and Santo Nino in South Cotabato; Bagumbayan, Columbio, Isulan, President Quirino and Tacurong in Sultan Kudarat; the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur; Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental as well as the whole Compostela Valley. These comprise over 4,000 Globe cell sites already swapped with the newest, best-in-class infrastructure, while simultaneulsy increasing 4G HSPA+ footprint,” Tan said.
Globe President and CEO Ernest Co himself confirmed the enhanced network service, particularly in streaming data: “For those who have been following me in social media, I have a pleasant experience of visiting Davao which has now been modernized. I achieved speed up to 5 mbps in that network almost constantly.”
The Davao region also was the first to have the rollout of fiber optic cable which will significantly increase capacity and resiliency to accommodate and protect more voice, SMS and data traffic. Cu likewise confirmed that very soon, Davao will join Manila, Cebu and other ultra-connected cities in the world by experiencing LTE with the service’s quick expansion in the premier city of the South.
He previously stated that this undertaking is “unprecedented and unmatched by any other similar efforts in the country, which are merely adding-on to existing structures. The nationwide effort by Globe is a more deliberate and authentic change, empowering each of our subscribers, right here and right now in Davao, and very soon, with the rest of the country,” adding that Davaoenos and their immediate neighbors, who comprise the most populous region in Mindanao, are now more empowered to enjoy vastly-improved services, enabling them with much improved call quality, instantaneous text messaging capabilities, as well as richer, fuller web browsing experience.
The province of Sulu, the City of Surigao and Butuan are earmarked for modernization to the new Globe network for the fourth quarter of 2012. Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur is set to follow suit for the first quarter of 2012.