Gov’t to help expedite installation of cell sites

The Philippines would be able to achieve broadband Internet speed of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) for the next three years if the government wcan come up with policies that expedite the installation of cell sites across the country according to major telco firm Globe Telecom.

This, as Globe is eyeing to provide fiber broadband Internet with speed of at least 50 Mbps by 2020 should it be able to quickly deploy communication facilities.

“From Globe perspective, we really intend to provide two million homes with at least 50 Mbps by 2020, versus today where majority of homes have 2 to 5 to 10 Mbps,” Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) Gil Genio said during the recent Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) Council Asia-Pacific Conference held in Taguig City

“What we want to do and achieve is that by 2020, anyone who wants a home broadband connection should have at least 50 Mbps connection but the telco environment is not completely rosy,” he added.

Globe said bureaucratic red tape is causing delays in the issuance of permits from various local government units on the construction of telco infrastructure.

The firm likewise is having difficulties in securing permits in establishing right-of-way in subdivisions relating to the deployment of broadband fiber optic cables.

“Today, we have to go to each and every developer and convince them about the benefits of fiber. In rolling out fiber to homes, we need to work with electricity distribution utilities, homeowner associations, and others to be able to serve people with fiber faster and more efficiently,” according to Genio.

Homeowner associations of at least 25 exclusive villages in Metro Manila had barred Globe from constructing cell sites within their vicinity, preventing the telco from improving mobile and Internet coverage in those areas.

The lack of clarity on the proposed National Broadband Plan and Open Access Law, unfavorable geography, and bureaucratic red tape are some of the challenges in deploying telecommunication and broadband infrastructure. (PNA)