Globe Telecom Inc. said it needs support from the local government units (LGUs) to ramp up the construction of its cell sites in the next three months.
The Ayala-led telco said the government and the telco industry must work together to ensure that important broadband infrastructures are in place so that the connectivity much needed in homes, schools, businesses and other establishments can be provided.
“This is where we need the help and support of the government, especially the local government units, so that we can expand our capacity by building more cell sites and towers in the next few months in residential areas,” Gil Genio, Globe chief Technology and Information Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. said.
“We also need to upgrade our fiber connectivity to improve further our data speeds. This is the only way we can address the growing demand not only of our customers but the public in general,” he added.
For the longest time, the telco industry’s bid to expand and put up these needed broadband infrastructures has been stymied by various reasons, foremost of which are the permitting requirements imposed by LGUs as well as the opposition by hostile homeowners associations.
“The government and the telcos need to collaborate now, more than ever, to lay down and build the necessary infrastructures to deliver the needed connectivity as more Filipinos adapt to the new normal, which requires more e-services and e-governance,” Genio said.
“We need to connect as many Filipinos as possible and make their mobile experience more convenient and enjoyable,” added Genio,” he added.
Despite the ongoing quarantine protocols, Globe is set to push through with its network builds in the next three months.
Its network expansion plans in various provinces all over the Philippine will answer the growing demand for more connectivity.