Globe continues to scale up its network builds and upgrades, especially in geographically isolated, disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas to help provide connectivity to 17,000 public schools that still do not have data or internet access.
This was shared by Michael Agustin, Director for Enterprise Sales of Globe, one of the panelists at the Industry Leaders Conference on Connecting Last Mile Schools organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through All Children Reading Philippines (ACR-Philippines), Better Access and Connectivity (Beacon), and Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+).
“We recognize that the network infrastructure remains the core foundation for digital inclusion. That is why we continue to work with the government, non-government institutions and the community in addressing the inequalities of the digital divide by democratizing access, enabling platforms, and helping educators embrace technology,” he said.
Agustin noted how Globe earmarked P89 billion this year for its capital expenditures. For the first half of 2022, it has already spent P22 billion on the construction of 572 new cell towers. An additional 1,700 cell sites are expected to be installed all over the Philippines by yearend to reach more unserved and underserved Filipinos.
It is partnering with regional providers who are present in remote areas and is coordinating with local government units (LGUs) and communities to see how Globe can provide services and improve signal.
“We’re working closely with provinces, cities, and municipalities in identifying the areas because building towers and our network across the country really needs the help of the LGUs and the communities themselves,” Agustin said.
Aside from network expansion, the digital solutions platform is working with the Mindanao Development Authority in mapping out and identifying projects in their roadmap, especially under the people’s well-being program. This includes education and health and wellness in different municipalities across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).