Globe Telecom is not constrain at all when it comes to network transformations. It’s all about infrastructure headwinds that this giant telecommunication has to overcome. And the telco is going as fast as it can in terms of Internet connection speed. And when consumers are starting to complain about the slow Internet speed of the country, compared to other Southeast Asian neighbors, we should also keep in mind that there are more than one factors that affect speed connections other than a network’s lack of coverage to deal with.
“You can never satisfy 100% of the consumer and you can never build a network fast enough,” said Globe Telecom President & CEO Ernest Cu during the press conference announcing 100% full 3G coverage nationwide, including full 4G HSPA+ footprint by end of third quarter this year, providing subscribers a faster mobile browsing experience in the age of smartphone revolution where speed is the major concern.
Speed is the essence and speed is what the subscribers need these days from all-day surfing and browsing to Internet related contents, to playing HD videos on YouTube, to listening to songs on Spotify that require a much higher bandwidth, and other stuff that people do on the internet, subscribers are bound to thirst for the fastest Internet speed and will always be on the lookout for it.
The infographic released by ASEAN, which describes itself as a site “to promote a better understanding and appreciation of shared values and common characteristics of ASEAN,” showed how the Philippines is way far behind and has the slowest Internet connection among members of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Filipino netizens voiced it out over the world wide web which encouraged Philippine Senator Bam Aquino to call out for an investigation on slow and expensive Internet speed.
Why only now?
“We are going as fast as we can. We would have gotten there much quicker had this country have better infrastructure when it comes to being able to access our own facilities. The main problem is not building the site, it’s getting access to our sites and getting fiber to websites because of the numerous permits yo have to go through. Permits, countless delays in encountering right of way, provisions… So Globe in itself (we) are not constrain. We’ve got the capital, we’ve got the equipment, we’ve got the means to actually deliver this network much sooner but it seems like there is always a force against us in terms of headwinds, so we have to overcome,” explained Cu.
By the way, did you know that Globe Telecom is the first telecommunications company in the Philippines to achieve 100% 3G coverage for its entire network, providing its customers with high-speed wireless internet for faster data interchange on their mobile devices?
Globe expects to fully equip its network with the more advanced 4G infrastructure, with the HSPA+ technology, by the end of the third quarter, which would further strengthen the company’s capability to provide wonderful digital lifestyle experience to its growing 43 million customers, as they will be able to enjoy faster data connectivity even as they use bandwidth-intensive multimedia data applications, such as video and photography.
“With a 100% 3G network, we now have a robust capacity for high-speed mobile data access. Providing our network with full HSPA+ coverage in 90 days will provide an even faster mobile internet experience. This increases potential for more digital innovation and enhances wonderful customer experience,” Cu continued, adding that the combined 3G and 4G infrastructure of Globe Telecom will further drive mobile data explosion in the country amid rising demand for smartphones.
Let’s compare two giant networks Internet Speed, Rates, and Data Capping:
On hindsight, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are offering a much lower price compared to the telecommunications providers in other neighboring countries.
Now let’s try to look at M1, one of the leading telecommunications providers in Singapore. The subscription plan starts at SGD 39 (Php 1,383.49) up to SGD 198 (Php 7,023.89).
By comparing these, we can fairly say that Globe Telecom offers a more affordable rates at Php 267 per 1GB (computed on Go Surf 799 which is 3GB divided by 3). M1 offers anti bill-shock of an additional SGD 188.32 (Php 6,680.50) on top of the monthly subscription. And yes, Philippine telcos do offer more affordable anti bill shock plans.
The rollout of both 3G and 4G HSPA+ infrastructure for the entire Globe network forms part of the company’s transformation efforts, which delivered the most modernized telecommunications infrastructure in the Philippines. Putting in a brand new access, transport and core network nationwide, the transformation enhanced coverage in major points of convergence and provided a more reliable network, not only for messaging and voice-calls, but especially for fast internet connection.
According to Cu, Globe Telecom’s transformation initiative also enhanced in-building coverage in major malls, hotels, hospitals, major highways and airports, further enriching customer experience. “The benefits of staying connected have never been greater, leading to the growing prevalence of smartphones and other mobile devices. People are able to experience high-speed internet, allowing them to stay connected to their homes and offices anytime and anywhere, making it so much easier for our customers to stay productive even when doing many other things,” Cu said.
To further expand its coverage across the nation, Globe is also building more 3G and 4G cell sites. By the end of the year, Globe Telecom’s total number of cell sites is expected to exceed 6,500. “Our transformation journey does not end with the 3G and 4G technologies. We will continue to improve our network’s infrastructure to accommodate our customers’ fast-paced digital lifestyle needs,” he added.
The number of Globe customers using mobile data, currently estimated at around 30% of its total subscriber base, is expected to rise even further.
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