Philippines based Globe Telecom said that it has signed an agreement with the city government of Manila to deploy fiber optic broadband technology in Binondo, which considered to be the oldest Chinatown. Globe’s rollout will provide faster internet connectivity to the residents and businesses in the town with speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second.
Globe Telecom had requested the support from local governments for its initiative to build its fiber network infrastructure and provide better a internet experience for its customers at the beginning of this year. The operator intends to transform the country into a digital nation by 2020. The telecom service provider has announced major expansion plans for its fiber infrastructure throughout the country. The city government of Manila, led by Mayor Joseph Estrada, was the first government to respond to the call.
The fiber connectivity in the entire Binondo district, an age-old center of commercial activities in the capital would benefit business and residential establishments in the area. Fiber connectivity will attract more businesses to the town, which in turn would help the town to gain more revenues and create jobs. It will also drive business growth in the district. The deployment project is estimated to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.
Chief Commercial Officer of the telecom operator, Mr. Albert de Larrazabal said that his company is able to deploy fiber broadband technology in Binondo only because they are united with the local city government in realizing a vision of developing ‘connected communities’ where both enterprise clients and customers at home get to experience the full benefits of having world-class data connectivity. He added that Globe hopes to replicate the realization of this vision in many other areas in the country as it aspire to further drive local economic growth. The deployment of fiber broadband technology in Binondo will deliver ultra-fast internet to at least 5,000 new business and home subscribers as part of the initial rollout.
Globe will also roll out small cell technology in various parts of Binondo as part of its efforts to expand network coverage and capacity.
The trial rollout of fiber optic broadband technology in Binondo forms part of Globe Telecom’s initiative of creating an internet super highway throughout the Philippines. Globe plans to deploy fiber in 20,000 districts by 2020 that will provide internet access to around 2 million homes nationwide by forming partnerships with local governments. Along with the fiber deployments, Globe will also invest in capacity enhancement for both mobile and wireline using different technologies that include 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi.