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Globe to build 900 Tower Cell Sites with 190 Permits Approved in August from 85 LGUs complying with JMC

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In strong support of the government’s ICT infrastructure initiative

Riding on the momentum of receiving clearance from various local government units (LGUs) to build cell sites across the country, Globe continues to make significant headway in its tower builds through partnerships with several tower companies (towercos).

Globe Chief Finance Officer and Chief Risk Officer Rizza Maniego-Eala says that the company’s partnerships with Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. (AIC), ISOC-edotco, Transcend Towers Infrastructure (Philippines), CREI Philippines (CREI) and Frontier Towers & Associates (FTA) have advanced to active acquisition and build phases.

“The partnerships with towercos will greatly complement the company’s target in expanding its capacity and coverage throughout the country. These projects will be a catalyst for change in the industry as telcos are empowered to deploy beyond their individual capabilities in a cost efficient manner,” Maniego-Eala explains.

Globe finalized a pole lease agreement with AIC, a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Group, and is seen to increase its footprint by about 200 sites in more parts of Cebu, Davao, and Subic.

In addition, 300 macro sites will be completed for deployment in North Luzon and South Luzon while 400 more sites will be assigned within the year to cover Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The count is projected to increase expansively once the pilot sites of these projects are launched.

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First to deliver a tower for activation is ISOC-edotco, a collaboration between ISOC Infrastructure and edotco, a Malaysian based Tower Company (TowerCo), with more currently underway and are expected to be completed shortly.

Globe has committed to be the anchor tenant in a build-to-suit agreement with Transcend Towers Infrastructure (Philippines), a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, as well as in tower lease agreements with ISOC-edotco, CREI and FTA.

“These infrastructure partnerships demonstrate Globe’s commitment to improve the network quality experience of our customers.  It is, likewise, highly supportive of the government’s initiative to increase ICT infrastructure in the country,” Maniego-Eala adds.

Globe continues to increase its network capacity to support the data services needs of customers and stakeholders in light of accelerated digitalization efforts across various sectors including e-payments, e-government, telehealth and distance learning.

August proved to be a banner month for  Globe’s expansion plans as the company secured 190 permits from 85 local government units (LGU) from as far as Bangued in Northern Luzon and Butuan City in the Caraga Administrative Region in Northeastern Mindanao.

Of the 190 permits granted, 37 were given in record time by 17 local government units.

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The company attributed the unexpected but most welcome pace of issuance of permits to more LGUs realizing the need for connectivity in the new normal and in compliance to the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01 s. 2020 signed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, Anti-Red Tape Authority and other government agencies.

“With the implementation of the JMC we see that LGUs are actively working together with telcos to improve connectivity. Even the LGUs themselves are following up the status of our permits and how soon we can start the installation of cell towers in their respective municipalities and cities,” Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group, said.

The LGUs which granted Globe early permits include Agoo, Bangued, Binalonan, Sto. Domingo and Vigan in Northern Luzon; San Pablo, Sto. Tomas, San Jose, Mendez, Rosario and Magdalena in Southern Tagalog; Las Pinas; Angono and Teresa in Rizal; Victorias and Sta. Barbara in Visayas and Butuan in Mindanao.

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Agustin revealed that additional permits were obtained to start the construction of cell sites in  Bauang in La Union; Sta. Lucia in Ilocos Sur; Bangued and Lagangilang in Abra;  Lingayen, Binmaley, San Carlos, San Fabian, Pozorrubio,  Urdaneta, San Jacinto,  and Villasis in Pangasinan; Calamba, San Pedro and Santa Rosa in Laguna; Lipa, Lemery, Calatagan and Mabini in Batangas; Silang, Alfonso, Cavite City, Dasmarinas and Bacoor  in Cavite; Pasig City, Manila, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Caloocan, San Juan and Pasay in Metro Manila; Bamban, Santa Ignacia, Tarlac City, Capas and Paniqui in Tarlac; Pulilan, Guiguinto, Meycauayan, Sta. Maria,  Marilao and Malolos in Bulacan; Cabanatuan and Zaragoza in Nueva Ecija; Solano in Nueva Vizcaya; Apalit and Magalang in Pampanga; San Felipe in Zambales; Sto. Domingo in Albay;  Candelaria in Quezon; and Antipolo City and  Angono in Rizal.

The go signal has also been secured in Dumaguete City and San Jose  in Negros Oriental; Roxas City in Capiz; Barotac Nuevo and Calinog in Iloilo; Babatngon in Leyte; Brookespoint and Puerto Princesa in Palawan;  Kalibo and Tibiao in Panay; and Bogo and Cebu City in Cebu.

A significant number of additional sites will also be installed in Pagadian; Cagayan De Oro; Davao City; Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao; Pikit in Cotabato; Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental;   and Monkayo, Davao De Oro in Mindanao.

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Globe’s network rollouts in San Jose,  Sto. Tomas, Lipa,  Cuenca, Taal, Tanauan, Lobo, Mataas na Kahoy and Calaca  in Batangas; Sta. Cruz, Los Banos and Cabuyao in Laguna; Mendez, Rosario, Noveleta, Carmona, Alfonso and General Trias in Cavite; Las Pinas; Morong, Baras, Teresa, Tanay and Cardona in Rizal; Magalang, Pampanga; Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; Cabanatuan and Nampicuan in Nueva Ecija; Sta. Maria and San Mateo in Bulacan; San Jose, Tarlac; Cauayan, Luna, Cabatuan and Ilagan in Isabela;  Dumaguete, Bacolod City and Mandaue in Visayas; and Maramag and Ozamis in Mindanao are boosted further after these LGUs removed the need for telcos to secure a permit from their respective Sanggunian Bayan. At least 40 LGUs have already removed this requirement in their permitting process.

“The JMC’s aim to shorten the processing of requirements and construction of common towers in the country from the previous average of 200 days to only 16 days has really helped us and we expect more LGUs to support us because at the end of the day, they can best serve their constituents through connectivity and use of technology specially at this time that we are faced by limitations of health protocols and physical distancing,” Agustin added.

 

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Globe Logs over 11M Prepaid SIM Registrants, urges Customers to Register before April 26 Deadline

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Globe, the leader in Mobile, has registered more than 11 million active prepaid SIMs around a month after the law mandating all Filipinos to register their SIMs took full effect.

Globe hit the milestone 11-million mark on Monday, January 30, 2023, a month after the SIM Registration Act was rolled out as a measure to stop cybercrime, including scam messages that proliferated due to the anonymity provided by prepaid SIMs.

“We are grateful to our customers for promptly registering their SIMs. We understand the importance of addressing the proliferation of scam and spam messages and have made it our priority to provide our customers with a seamless registration process. We are committed to meeting the deadline and continuing our efforts to protect our customers from scammers and fraudsters,” said Darius Delgado, Head of Globe’s Consumer Mobile Business.

Globe urges its customers who have yet to register to visit its user-friendly registration portal https://new.globe.com.ph/simreg. There are an estimated 87.4 million existing SIM users under the Globe network.

Registration via the GlobeOne app will begin in February as an added channel where customers may register their SIMs. As a user of GlobeOne, customers will have access to exclusive offers and deals that are available only in the app.

Globe also provided support for government-led assisted registration in priority sites nationwide from January 25 to 27. Globe established booths in 15 areas and provided assistance to anyone who needed help, especially those in need of special assistance, including senior citizens, PWDs awww and those using basic/feature phones.

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Other than supporting the NTC-led assisted SIM registration, Globe has also started rolling out its own on-site assistance booths across the country. From January 27 to 29, it led SIM registration assistance in 30 Puregold branches in strategic locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It will extend SIM registration assistance in other locations soon.

These efforts aim to provide inclusive ways to get its customers registered by the April 26, 2023 deadline. Users who fail to complete their registration on time will have their SIMs deactivated.

Even before the new law was implemented, Globe has taken several steps to curb disruptive messages through proactive blocking, threat intelligence partnerships with financial institutions, a customer reporting portal, plus an awareness and education campaign to help customers with online protection.

To learn more about Globe and the SIM registration process, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/register-sim-card.html.

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Globe Deactivates, Blacklists More than 50,000 SIMs Linked to Fraud in 2022

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe deactivated and blacklisted more than 50,000 SIMs last year as it continued to intensify consumer protection initiatives amid the rising cases of online fraud.

Globe deactivated 20,225 SIMs and blacklisted 35,333 SIMs involved in scam and spam messages in 2022 alone as part of its campaign for internet safety.

This was on top of the record 2.72 billion scam and spam messages it blocked last year, 83.4 million of which were bank-related. All these efforts have been on-going to protect customers from harmful content and fraud before the enactment of the SIM Registration Act.

“Globe recognizes the growing threat posed by scammers, who use various tactics, including text messages, to deceive innocent victims into giving up personal information that could be used to compromise their financial accounts. We will continue to invest in our cybersecurity program to protect our customers from these unscrupulous individuals,” said Anton Bonifacio, Globe Chief Information Security Officer.

Under its filtering protocol, Globe deactivates SIMs within its network once detected to have been involved in fraud. Meanwhile, SIMs outside of the Globe network are blacklisted to prevent them from sending to Globe.

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On its own, Globe has taken a proactive approach to combat cybercrime schemes through various initiatives. It has implemented blocking mechanisms, established partnerships with financial institutions for threat intelligence, created a customer reporting portal, and launched an awareness and education campaign to empower customers with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves.

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Meanwhile, in a move to address growing concern over the use of unregistered SIMs in committing cybercrimes, the government introduced Republic Act No. 11934, also known as the SIM (subscriber identity module) Registration Act. Signed into law in October, the measure requires all mobile and broadband users to register their SIMs with their respective service providers to ensure that they are properly identified.

As of January 25, Globe has logged 10.4 million registrations of prepaid SIMs.

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Globe’s 5G network expands to 237 sites in VisMin, Connects more Consumers and Businesses #Globe5G #VisMin

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe expanded its 5G coverage to 212 sites in Visayas and 25 in Mindanao by the end of the third quarter in 2022, providing more consumers and businesses with improved connectivity and access to faster data speeds.

The company’s 5G network is now expanding and available to most of the population in Davao City, Cebu, Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Boracay and Bacolod City.

The expansion of 5G technology in Visayas and Mindanao is intended to help bridge the digital divide between these regions and the rest of the country. It aims to support economic development and enable residents to access a wider range of digital services and opportunities.

The deployment is also beneficial to the growth of new industries and businesses in the said areas. It can inspire innovation and competitiveness as companies seek to provide the best possible services to their customers.

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“We believe that the expansion of 5G technology in Visayas and Mindanao is essential for driving economic growth, supporting innovation, and providing access to fast and reliable digital services for residents and businesses in these regions. It will also help spur further investment and support the emergence of a vibrant and dynamic digital economy,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Network Planning & Engineering.

As a pioneering provider of 5G technology in the Philippines, Globe is committed to delivering improved customer service and reliable, consistent data services to its customers.

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By scaling up the rollout of its 5G network, Globe is taking a major step towards building a more connected and technologically advanced society in the Philippines. It is helping drive the adoption of 5G technology and paving the way for the next generation of digital innovation.

5G technology is capable of delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. It also has less lag, making it suitable for video streaming and gaming.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

 

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