Globe to set up more cell sites in Ayala Alabang village


Posted at Jan 14 2014 01:41 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2014 11:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom is looking to build more cell sites within the exclusive Ayala Alabang village.

Globe said Ayala Alabang homeowners have backed the telco's bid to implement tailor-fit solutions to improve connectivity within the village.

Globe head of network technologies strategy Emmanuel Estrada said 7-8 more cell sites are needed to enhance connectivity in the village, which currently houses three Globe cell sites.

"There are approximately 4,000 houses constructed of high grade materials and almost 30,000 residents inside the village. Households situated farther from base stations could experience poor mobile coverage as cellular signal and quality diminish with distance. In addition, there are about 9,000 full-grown trees that could pose a challenge to providing deep indoor coverage for our customers in the area,” Estrada said.

To address subscriber requirement for higher bandwidth capacity, Estrada said Globe is ready to implement tailor-fit solutions that would boost cellular coverage in the community.

These solutions include the use of outdoor distributed antenna system (ODAS), which makes use of a specialized lamp posts built with radio signal transmission capability, as well as the use of cell sites disguised as palm trees or other aesthetically designed cell sites to blend with the surrounding areas such as those deployed in Urdaneta Village in Makati.

Several exclusive villages, such as Dasmarinas, Urdaneta, Bel-Air, San Lorenzo and Forbes Park, have backed Globe's efforts to build more cell sites in their area.