Globe intends to construct 200 new cell sites in Batangas this year as part of the telco’s ongoing network expansion. The province, located south of Luzon island, currently has 361 Globe locations, with 85 percent having an additional 4G capacity.
This year, it will also build 50,000 fiber-to-the-home lines to supplement its existing lines in the province.
Globe assured Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas during the first-ever Liveable Cities Local Lab event that the telco will continue to provide digital resources and create a robust network in Batangas, one of the Philippines’ culturally rich provinces.
The Liveable Cities Local Lab, co-organized by Liveable Cities Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines in collaboration with Globe, is a forum for sharing best practices, creativity, relevant technology, urban planning LGU management.
“We are seeing a 60 percent increase in coverage, a significant increase in fortified 4G sites, and a 150 percent increase in fiber. These initiatives will improve the overall experience in the province with faster internet speeds and lower latency,” said Peter Maquera, Globe Senior Vice President for Enterprise Group.
The telco recorded an improvement in connectivity in the province, with mobile data average download speed increasing 38% to 16.8 Mbps in Q1 2021 from 12.1 Mbps in Q1 2020. The average latency was also reduced from 50 milliseconds to 29 milliseconds.
The amount of time it takes for information to be transmitted from its source to its intended destination is referred to as latency. A lower latency score is preferable.
Nasugbu, Batangas, is home to one of Globe’s three main landing stations and cable networks. To help the new cable station, the company is currently constructing a fourth cable landing station to serve foreign cable networks and 3,800 kilometers of new underground fiber optic cable.
As the province prepares to make the most available technology, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala encourages Batangas to investigate the growth and use of green energy.
According to Zobel, the Ayala Group is pursuing renewable energy technologies through solar power plants in Alaminos, Laguna, and Palauig, Zambales, who is also the Chairman of Globe.
“There is a new concern about the green economy, about the energy being green,” Zobel said. “All of us, even those who have invested in fossil fuel, we’re also beginning to expand. So one thought I would leave with the province is the development of green energy in your portfolio. I think that is another trend that maybe the province should consider because increasingly it is getting tougher to finance fossil-based energy,” he added.
Globe has been replacing lead-acid batteries on its 105 cell sites in the province with lithium-ion batteries since 2015. Because of their higher energy capacity, faster-charging rate than VRLA, and more reliable backup power, lithium-ion batteries can be used in new builds.
Globe also replaced 23 obsolete AC generators with new DC generators that are more powerful and use less power. Lower diesel fuel consumption results in lower carbon emissions and lower operating costs for fuel and maintenance.
Furthermore, to minimize energy consumption in its indoor cell sites, Globe has installed a Free Cooling System (FCS) to reduce air conditioners’ reliance to maintain the necessary temperatures. As of March 2021, the company had mounted 37 FCS in its Batangas cell sites.
Globe is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and is committed to putting universal sustainability standards into practice. It also supports the ten United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.