To Government: More Cellsites in the Philippines Help improve broadband Service
Challenging permitting and Right of Way issues hamper infra build
The recent Broadband Policy study released by USAID and the Foreign Chambers of Commerce said that tower sharing could be a solution to increase broadband speed and make it more affordable. The telco industry has indicated that even with tower sharing, this will not help address the issue of speed and affordability since the cell site towers of both telcos are similarly located.
“What we need is to increase cell site density by building more cell sites,” said Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo.
Based on the study made by TowerXchange in February 2016, the number of unique physical cell sites in the Philippines is one of the lowest in Asia with a combined 15,000 cell sites. China has the highest number with 1.18 million cell sites, followed by India with 450,000, Indonesia with 76,477 cell sites while Vietnam has 55,000, Thailand with 52,483, Pakistan with 28,000, Bangladesh with 27,000 and Malaysia with 22,000 sites.
The Philippines ranks between Malaysia and Cambodia with 15,000 physical cell sites.
The Philippines with 15,000 cell sites is only higher than Cambodia and Australia, both with 9,000, Myanmar with 7,620 and Sri Lanka with 7,000. By comparison, the United States has a total of 205,000 cell towers in place.
Castelo said that mobile data explosion amid growing access to internet connectivity, requires more bandwidth than traditional voice and text messaging services. Thus, it demands the establishment of more cell sites for telecommunication operators to deliver mobile data services especially indoors.
As smartphones continue to evolve into all-encompassing wireless personal computers, telecommunication operators need to construct additional cell sites to enable their respective networks to transmit enormous amount of data. Cell sites transmit radio frequency signals that enable voice and data services in a given geographic area, simultaneously supporting multiple handsets, operating in different frequencies and maintaining customer connectivity even while they are in transit.
“The continuing clamor for better broadband service quality and experience has to do with the issue of congestion. Despite various capability upgrades and network modernization using the latest technologies, the disproportionate number of cell sites vis a vis traffic in the advent of a digital revolution cancels out the gains of any state-of-the-art network. We have to start facing the reality that more and more Filipinos especially the millennials are joining the digital bandwagon. Using any smartphone, the Internet in the hands of an individual enriches one’s lifestyle. In so doing, the country’s existing Internet infrastructure needs to catch up with the demand for data whether on mobile or at home.” Castelo said.
The Philippines by itself posing a challenge to connectivity because it is archipelago, with a population of 102 million in 42,000 barangays has to have a greater number of cell sites to cover existing usage.
“Today we already need around 60,000 to 65,000 in a three-player market for telco companies to provide a more pervasive reach and better Internet speeds. In the next couple of years, smartphone penetration will go even higher and we will need to fill that gap as well,” he said.
Castelo emphasized that the prohibitive permitting environment, site acquisition and Right of Way issues have kept telecommunication operators, including Globe, from aggressively rolling out broadband infrastructure to boost Internet speeds in the country. Globe alone has more than 500 cell sites waiting to be built at any given time.
“A lot of the infrastructure backlogs in the telecommunications industry could be attributed to challenges in getting LGU permits. This is why Globe has been calling on the government to provide policy support for initiatives to improve Internet infrastructure in the country,” he said.
Specifically, prioritizing an Open Access Law for the telco industry would expedite the issuance of all the relevant permits for all telecommunications facilities at the local government level. Such legislation is also seen to mitigate bureaucratic red tape and other political hurdles that stand in the way in the deployment of telecommunication and broadband infrastructure, Castelo said.
He emphasized that telecommunication companies are required to secure at least 25 permits, a few of which were also mentioned in the Broadband Policy paper which causes delay in the deployment of internet infrastructure such as cell sites, and fiber builds, among others. According to Castelo, securing different permits at the LGU level could become very challenging, from the sheer number of permits to the different political personalities that mobile operators have to deal with.
Castelo emphasized that permit or regulatory fees imposed by various local government units should cover only the reasonable costs of regulation. Prior to enactment of any pertinent ordinance, local government units should be mandated to present an itemized proof of said regulatory costs. A public hearing involving telecommunications companies and other stakeholders within their jurisdictions should also be conducted prior to the enactment of any local ordinance. Also, when these costs are requested in writing, a local government unit should be able respond with the requested information in writing.
Castelo also said that if only the government can prioritize telco infrastructure builds, not only will majority of consumers benefit because of better Internet speed and better service quality but it will also connect other important areas to the Internet in a scale that has not been done before like public health centers and public schools. This will address a lot of issues especially in the delivery of basic social services, disaster response and education at the barangay level.
Aside from pushing for the Open Access Law, Globe is also advocating for the immediate harmonization and equitable distribution of the 700 megahertz of frequency to sufficiently provide for rapidly increasing data traffic amid growing smartphone use in the country. He emphasized that the use of the 700 MHz will help improve internet speed in the country.
Based on data gathered by the GSMA, only the Philippines and Thailand are the two remaining countries in the Asia Pacific with major issues that have prevented allocation of the 700 MHz band to mobile broadband technologies.
Apple and Xiaomi Continue to lead with Wearable shipments reach 84.5 million in 2019
International Data Corporation (IDC) released global smartphone shipments and India smartphone shipments during Q3 2019 recently, and now it has released the report for worldwide wearable shipments during the 3rd quarter of 2019.
According to the report, global wearable device shipments reached 84.5 million units during Q3 2019 with a 94.6% increase year-over-year and is a new record for shipments in a single quarter. Out of the 84.5 million units, Hearables alone accounted for almost half the market and it was followed by smartwatches and wrist bands.
In the list of top 5 wearables companies by shipment volume, market share, and YoY growth, Apple leads with 29.5 million shipments and a massive 195.5% YoY growth. It is followed by Xiaomi with 12.4 million shipments, 66.1% YoY growth, Samsung with 8.3 million units, 156.4% YoY growth, HUAWEI with 7.1 million units, 202.6% YoY growth, and Fitbit with 3.5 million units and 0.5% YoY growth. Other companies account for 23.8 million units with 40.4% YoY growth.
In the list of global wearables market by product category shipment volume, market share, and YoY, Earwear shipments account for 40.7 million units, Wristband for 19.2 million units, Smartwatch for 17.6 million units, and others for 7.1 million units.
The State of Cloud Computing 2019
With the rise of disruptive digital technologies, businesses are constantly finding ways to thrive in the ever-changing digital world. As we are now on the cusp of these momentous changes, organizations are now seeing that the cloud transforms into a dominant enterprise environment.
The cloud is now fully ready for mission-critical and, the old-style tech used to power their systems and apps are now being referred to as legacy systems, which can still be useful for organizations with processes that have been tailor-made to become critical and fundamental for the business performance. Global organizations, and even local players, are also seeing the endpoint of their roadmaps and support for old propriety system. They are also starting to develop a serious plan to move major applications into the cloud at an unprecedented scale, especially that these platforms are now available for various workload and application.
The rise of cloud natives
Cloud-native computing takes advantage of many modern techniques to optimize resources for overall agility and maintenance of applications. It would be an efficient mainstream process for creating and deploying applications in the cloud by placing them in handy containers for easier management. This process enables the business models of start-up or leading-edge enterprise to deliver extreme scalability.
Companies that are currently not in the cloud should migrate by following three different ways. The first two actions are simple enough; either go into the cloud as is or adapt existing processes as you enter the cloud, adding changes to the former design.
The third state would require a complete transformation of the current architectural process. This path means moving forward and develop another blueprint for building applications that are “born in the cloud,” which offers a competitive and practical advantage.
Understanding Hybrid IT and the poly-cloud
Businesses would, of course, leverage this migration to technology. However, the shift in terrain would bring a realization that not all clouds are equal, and that different types of clouds are suitable for different projects. For example, common public clouds are computing services made by third parties and are often freely available on the internet, while private clouds keep specific data in an organization secure and isolated from the public.
Companies, therefore, need to recognize their individual needs and choose the solution that reaps the maximum benefits. They must determine whether it is adequate to stick with either a public or private cloud, or a combination of their services.
For Fujitsu, it has seemed obvious that a hybrid IT, which is an optimal mix of public and private cloud, along with a sprinkling of on-premise IT, is the logical future of enterprise environments.
In spite of this, doubts have momentarily appeared in certain quarters. However, these doubts are disappearing due to the optimal construction of hybrid IT, as well as the growing offers of private cloud performance, regulatory compliance, security, and proximity to other services. Public cloud alone isn’t the solution.
A single organization may use two types of cloud infrastructure for separate tasks—this is called a multi or “poly-cloud.” Meanwhile, a hybrid cloud is a strategy that intermingles data with access to multiple public and private clouds’ benefits and functions.
The large overlap between this new concept changes the way each cloud in a poly-cloud supports the differentiation of business by disrupting the impact of its commercial model. We should consider that the massive consolidation of the hyper-scale platform market means that individual businesses are responsible for configuring and integrating which model would drive them to stand out.
Getting ready for AI everywhere
The migration and implementation of cloud computing services offer countless possibilities in this new technological age. The integration of Artificial Intelligence, for instance, could potentially improve existing cloud solutions.
Some forms of AI have arrived and we are badly mistaken to think that it is a technology still lying somewhere in the distant future. Advanced technological trends, such as blockchain, IoT, data analytics, and the Robotic Process Automation prove that everything will be driven by AI and, the speed of public adoption would be at least equal to former technology.
Companies are also seen as rising as everything becomes smart and enabled. Take the Robotic Process Automation as an example. AI is now boosting daily business operations by contributing impacts on simplicity and automation, all while lowering cost.
Cases of sudden outages is a no problem in an enabled AI-operated world. The system would just flip users to another hyper-scaler while their preferred cloud is down, and switch them back again on that major cloud platform once it is online, without involving another human being. These situations are the reality of our new world. We control the specifications of AI and allow them to propel us forward.
Having said all these, there are some human-centric issues that Fujitsu needs to address this year. Among these key concerns is the protection of intellectual properties in a transparent world, as well as ownership and accountability for AI.
We should shoulder some responsibility when providing customers with uninterrupted service. This is based on our “Human Centric Innovation” ethos, where we believe that AI isn’t a magical incantation to fix all business transactions. Like many disruptive technologies, it needs to be fed correct data to assist people. We should create a technology that recognizes accountability when making decisions.
Co-creation of a trusted business
As a complement to our ethos, our Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision 2019 also describes a concept called “co-creating a trusted business.”
Nowadays, businesses are faced with the complexity of a more connected and globally integrated world. This complexity is proving that many of the traditional structures and institutions we relied upon are inadequate and breaking down. And, everyone is keeping up with data that grows faster than it can ever be.
All organizations should, therefore, cultivate a culture of co-creating a trusted business. This mindset enables businesses to contribute to co-creating a more sustainable world with their customers and ecosystem partners.
To achieve it, organizations should take three steps: architect a purpose-driven organization to define what they can contribute to society, customers, and even for the future; build a human-centric organization to ensure that they can empower people to collaborate; and, drive the business with digital to turn their available data into valuable insights while maintaining and empowering its trustworthiness.
The digital world presents multiple opportunities for organizations to thrive. At Fujitsu, we await a brighter tomorrow for all businesses, especially in the Philippines, as they grasp the many advantages and benefits that the cloud has to offer.
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