Globe says home broadband rollout on schedule, but wants govt to smooth the path

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Globe Telecom says it is on track to hit its target of rolling out 2 million home broadband connections with speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020, but called on the government to take regulatory action to make rollouts easier.

To date, Globe has deployed over 260,000 home broadband lines. Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said in a statement that Globe is accelerating its residential broadband deployment and plans to roll out 400,000 ultra-fast broadband lines by end of 2017.

“We are catching up on the deployment of infrastructure for home broadband, after focusing on mobile for many years, said Cu. “Progressive rollouts will be done within the next three years until 2020 to serve at least 2 million homes.”

Unlike its mobile internet rollout, Globe’s strategy for home broadband has focused on one area at a time. Globe initially rolled out broadband in select areas in Quezon City, Cebu, Davao, Binondo, Manila and, soon, in Cauayan City, Isabela.

However, Cu added that Globe could have rolled out more lines had it not been for the permits and rights-of-way challenges that telcos constantly face at the local government level, and called on the Philippines government to make rollouts easier.

“With our recent campaigns, our local governments are beginning to hear us, and to some extent, some are more responsive than others, Cu said. “As we move forward, we have every reason to be optimistic that we can improve the quality of home broadband in as many areas as possible.”

Cu also said that from a competition perspective, Globe’s broadband strategy is focused on providing a superior broadband experience, which includes bundled digital content services such as Netflix, HOOQ, Chromecast and Spotify, among others.

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