Globe modernizes Davao network

Subscribe Now November 15, 2012 at 05:39pm

Globe Telecom Inc. said it completed the modernization of major infrastructure projects 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 area that includes Zamboanga and Misamis. Globe chief technical adviser Robert Tan said the network upgrade in Davao and nearby areas was bringing in better mobile coverage, increased data speeds and better network reliability in that part of the country.

He noted that “in terms of service quality after the upgrade, our call setup rate improved dramatically. Now, a call you make in Davao consistently gets connected even at first try.”

He confirmed that Davao City and adjacent provinces were 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; Cabanglasan, Impasugong, Malaybalay and Sumilao in Bukidnon; Don Victoriano Chiongbian in Misamis Occidental; Norala and Santo Niño 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 of Compostela Valley,” Tan said.

“These comprise over 4,000 Globe cell sites already swapped with the newest, best-in-class infrastructure, while simultaneously increasing 4G HSPA+ footprint.”

Globe president and chief executive Ernest Cu confirmed the enhanced network service.

“For those who have been following me in social media, I had a pleasant experience of visiting Davao which has now been modernized. I achieved speeds up to 5 mbps in that network almost constantly,” he said.

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 said Davao would soon 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.


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