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Telco LTE nears 95% nationwide coverage with 700 MHz, other new spectrum assets

Fully utilizing its 700 MHz spectrum and other new spectrum assets, Globe Telecom is on course of deploying LTE service to 95 percent of cities and municipalities nationwide by the end of 2018.

This is part of the company’s commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) when it was granted co-use of the 700 MHz, 2600 MHz, and other spectrum bands, following the acquisition of 50% of San Miguel’s telecommunication assets in 2016.

The new spectrum assets enabled Globe to fast-track the rollout of LTE service nationwide, said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group. As of third quarter of 2018, Globe has deployed close to 12,000 LTE cell sites using 700 MHz, 2600 MHz, and other spectrum assets. Almost 3,000 of these LTE sites are equipped with 700 MHz, while over 3,700 of these LTE sites are powered by 2600 MHz.

Agustin said the LTE sites cover major business districts and highly-urbanized and populated areas in the Philippines, as customers using LTE-capable devices are steadily increasing in these areas. About 50 percent of new LTE site deployments during 2018 are in NCR/GMA region, 35 percent in North Luzon and South Luzon, while about 15 percent are in Visayas and Mindanao. (PR)

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