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Better internet connectivity ahead: PH telco giants deploy more cell sites across the provinces


Telco giants Globe and Smart Communications are continuing to develop their networks around the country in order to improve customer experience through greater connectivity.

Globe installed 195 new cell sites and upgraded 2,800 sites with LTE technology in 706 towns and cities across 81 provinces during September and October of last year. As a result, nearly one million more users are now using Globe’s services.

Customers from the expanded and new locations, according to Globe, noticed a better network experience. Bulacan, Cavite, the National Capital Region (NCR) second district, Cebu, and the NCR fourth district are among the top areas.

According to Globe, 75 percent of these customers are heavy data users who reported a maximum speed boost of at least 50 percent in video streaming, online browsing, and speed tests.

As per statement of Globe vice president for program delivery and network technical group Marge Dizon; “At Globe, we continue to strive to deliver the best digital experience for our customers, and we do not stop on our network build efforts, despite the difficulties of the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, PLDT’s wireless unit, Smart Communications Inc., announced that it is expanding its network in Quezon by deploying fifth generation (5G) base stations in nearly half of the province’s cities and municipalities.

Smart Long Term Evolution (LTE) is also accessible in Quezon, allowing consumers with LTE handsets to access high-speed mobile broadband connectivity.

Lucena City, Tayabas City, Sariaya, Pagbilao, Tagkawayan, San Antonio, Dolores, Candelaria, Gumaca, Infanta, Lopez, Tiaong, Unisan, Calauag, Catanauan, and General Nakar are among the cities and municipalities where Smart has installed 5G base stations.

Quezon inhabitants are encouraged to upgrade to 5G or LTE-enabled mobile or internet devices in order to optimize Smart’s mobile network.

The faster deployment of LTE and 5G across the country is part of PLDT and Smart’s larger initiative to provide customers across the country with world-class customer experiences.

Smart raised its total base stations nationally to 75,400 as of the end of December to meet surging mobile data traffic. Its mobile network is backed up by PLDT’s fiber footprint, which stood at 743,700 kilometers as of the end of 2021.

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