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Globe announces $700M network upgrade project, partners with Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent

In a press conference held at Makati Shangri-La yesterday, the giant telco by the Ayalas announced the sealing of a USD700M project with Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent. Contract signing was held in the Malacanang Palace earlier and was witness by no less than the President, His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III and his selected Cabinet members. In the briefing, Globe Telecom Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala shared that the 700M USD project shall be implemented within 18-months.


The massive mobile network modernization program is to be rolled out nationwide. The Chinese company, Huawei, will do the supply and delivery of the equipment while the French company, Alcatel-Lucent, will do the project management.

Part of the project includes putting up an LTE-ready infra, end-to-end solution for both the front end and the back end of the telco, all IP-infra, pervasive 3G coverage, double fiber optics capacity, 4G and LTE readiness. Once completed, Globe envisions a robust and resilient network that promises to provide unparalleled customer experience to truly set the company apart from competition.

A foreign media asked Globe why they chose Huawei over other Chinese brand. Ernest L. Cu, President and CEO of Globe shared that Huawei has been their ICT vendor for more or less three years now. Huawei’s first project with Globe was the Wimax network, followed by another pilot program for Luzon and many more. In all these, Huawei has been dependable and was able to deliver all expectations by the telco.

The press conference was attended by top executives from Huawei represented by Yangh Shu,President for South East Asia, SingTel group CEO Chua Sock Koong, Globe Telecom Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Alcatel-Lucent president Rajeev Signh-Molares. While the contract signing held at the Palace were witnessed by DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas, and other Cabinet members.

The 700M USD project will benefit the 30M mobile phone subscribers in the Globe network nationwide.

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  • pinoy persuasion

    Malakas at maganda nga ang signal, 800mb lang ang kaya nilang ibigay per day sa kanilang so-called “unlimited” surfing.

    And pag magreregister ka, walang reply, di mo alam if registered ka na ba o hindi pa, pag nadoble or triple ang registration mo, binabawasan pa rin nila ng paulit-ulit till naubos na pala ang load at ang marereceive mong text is “Sorry, you cannot register because you have insufficient balance.”

    Bakit ganito sa Pinas, walang matinong telco?

  • pinoy persuasion

    By the way, ang Smart naman, walang 800mb limit pero sobrang bagal ng Internet nila, grabe!

    Because of greed sobrang napagiwanan na ang Pinas ng mga ibang bansa sa Internet speed.

    Mukha kasing mga pera ang mga telco, parang mga buwaya na mauubusan ng pera kahit bilyon na ang kinikita nila, gutom pa rin sa profit!

  • Ed

    Sus kala mo naman totoong mapapakinabangan ng user yan.

  • Well, with that large cost of investment, I’m expecting an expensive service from GLOBE. Maybe cheap, but with LIMITS (800MB).

  • Stu

    Ayokong umasa at mg-expect ng todo… Malamang kase I’ll just get disappointed. I’ve been a Globe post paid subscriber for 12 yers now, and I’ve never been really satisfied with their service. I dunno why I lasted this long with them. I guess wala lang choice. Other telcos are not any better.

  • JmBalicano

    I wish for better HSPA+ coverage that can reach my phone when I’m at home. When I’m taking a break from the PC and surfing from my phone on the couch in another room, I don’t want it to give me false hopes by connecting to HSPA+, then slowly dwindle down to HSPA, 3G, EDGE, and finally stop to a crawl at GPRS. I want to download a 20mb game from the Android Market indoors rather than head outside my home and into the streets just to get that coveted coverage. It’s not too much to ask, is it?

    • daming problems na ganyan. sa amin naman walang smart sa loob ng kwarto. have to go outside the house pa to get a signal.

    • kups

      Marami kasing factors ang i-coconsider kaya mahina ang signal sa loob ng bahay isa na dyan yung sobrang layo na sa coverage ng isang cellsite. Hihina pa ng husto ang signal pag may ulan. At yung nasa pagitan ka ng magkakaibang cellsite na may iba’t ibang technologies (2G, 3G). AFAIK kasi hindi lahat ng cellsites ng Smart ay may 3G.

  • JmBalicano

    Or was it GPRS and then EDGE?

  • thejorlanb

    Reality, when you are using wireless connection, dont expect the best experience. The advertised speeds are just the ideal speed. Theres a lot of factors that might affect the speed, namely, signal,location, and etc. But Globe offers better experience compared to smart.

    • JmBalicano

      True. If what I’m complaining about on Globe is bad, it’s worse on Smart. I just wish they’d advertise speeds that you can expect in the real world. People are more likely to use their data plans when they’re indoors on a couch, in bed, or even walking around in a mall.

    • JmBalicano

      Or in traffic.

  • Griswold

    eto lang wish ok after matapos ito… di na maulit ang mangangain ng load.

  • jp

    Narinig ko lang sa mga kasamahan ko sa telco industry na galing sa isang contractor ng Huawei kaya daw pinili ni Globe si Huawei dahil nag-offer ng 100 na libreng BTS ang huwaei, Syempre ikaw ba naman negosyante di mo palalagpasin yun malaking katipiran yun sa part mo.

    Mayroon din Modernization ang Smart na ang may hawak naman ay NSN at Ericsson sa Luzon Areas at Huawei naman sa Mindanao. Massive rollout na rin ng 3G/LTE sa ibang lugar pero sad to say marami pa ring lugar na nakastuck sa 2G like mga areas sa Central at Northern Luzon. Papalitan lang ng mas maliit na BTS.

  • This could further improve our telco infrastructures thus attract more tourists and investors in the country. cheers!

  • Indeed. This will attract more investors to do business in the Philippines. Communication plays a crucial role in the success of any business.

  • I hear: I forget / I see: I remember / I do: I understand. Chinese Proverb