MANILA, Philippines - Posh residential villages such as Dasmarinas, Forbes Park and Urdaneta are said to be supportive of Globe Telecom's plan to use cell sites disguised as palm trees and other solutions to improve connectivity in their areas.
"Globe Telecom has undertaken substantial amount of investments in modernizing its network and adopting technologies that would further enhance superior customer experience. Still, community support is vital in the implementation of any network technologies. We are grateful that our effort to improve cellular signal in posh villages is generating support from the communities concerned,” said Emmanuel Estrada, Globe Head of Network Technologies Strategy.
Aside from "palm-tree" cell sites, another solution includes the use of outdoor distributed antenna system (ODAS), which makes use of a specialized lamp posts built with radio signal transmission capability.
Estrada said exclusive villages that have approved or shown willingness to allow the installation of cell sites within their communities include Dasmarinas, Urdaneta, Bel-Air, San Lorenzo, Forbes Park, among others.
In Dasmarinas Village in Makati, homeowners have allowed the installation of ODAS in their subdivision. The ODAS technology is a network of small cell sites, instead of typical macro cell sites with shared equipment connected through fiber optic links. This makes use of specialized lamp posts with radio signal transmission capability deployed along sidewalks.
Globe Telecom, the first telco to use ODAS technology, is also seeking to install ODAS technology in Forbes Park.
Globe has also offered the use of cell sites disguised as palm trees to address aesthetic concerns over the use of towering cell sites. This has already been done in Urdaneta Village, Makati City.
At present, Globe services are mostly delivered to subscribers in exclusive villages through cell sites located around the village perimeter. However, mobile phone signals coming from these cell sites aren't sufficient to meet cellular coverage requirement especially indoors.