Globe’s target to install more new cell towers gets an added boost after it secured a total of 799 permits in the first three months of 2021.
The company received 219 permits in different areas in North Luzon and 191 more in Visayas. Local government units in the National Capital Region released 179 permits while those in Mindanao and South Luzon issued 113 and 97 permits respectively.
In January, Globe gained a total of 253 permits. This was followed by 242 in February and 304 in March.
“We are very grateful to local government units (LGUs) which are very supportive of our plans to improve our services in their respective areas. This appreciation on how LGUs may make or break efforts to give their people much needed internet connectivity is most welcome,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.
Overall, Metro Manila topped the provinces with the most permits, followed by Cebu, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan and Davao del Sur. Thirteen other provinces have issued 10 or more permits.
On a per-city basis, Makati City issued the most with 56; followed by Cebu City with 39; Davao City with 33; Manila with 27; and Pasig City with 25.
Agustin however, clarified that the builds take time so it is important to secure the permits way ahead of time so customers can enjoy the improved services at once.
“It will take us at least three months to install a new tower and it will also depend on its location, accessibility, logistics and quarantine protocols implemented in the area where we secured the permits. We would like to assure our customers, however, that we will build the new cell sites as soon as possible,” Agustin explained.
Globe’s aggressive network builds and network modernization to 4G LTE and 5G has resulted in improved services to its customers nationwide. According to Ookla®’s Q1 2021 data, the telco’s nationwide consistency score is now more than 70 percent. Metro Manila registered Globe’s best score with more than 76 percent while impressive percentages were also noted in Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu City and Davao City.