Globe activates first 700 MHz cell site; 100 mbps now at hand?

Globe activates first 700 MHz cell site; 100 mbps now at hand?

The future of the 100 mbps promised by one of the giant telecommunication companies is now a step closer to being available to the public after the company activated its first cell site supporting the 700MHz frequency.

It has only been a week since a deal has been inked between San Miguel Corporation's telecommunications business and Globe Telecom, but Globe has already activated its first cell site and has demonstrated to officials of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) its results.

A collage posted on the GlobeICON Facebook page showed photos of the cell site as well as that of a screenshot of the speedtest conducted around the site. The speedtest reflects 100.32 Mbps.

It can be recalled that the NTC has allowed both Globe and Smart to use frequencies 703 to 720.5 and 758 to 775.5 MHz.

Globe purchased the SMC assets along with rival Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). The sale and purchase agreement to buy out SMC from Vega Telecom Inc. was worth P69.1 billion.

The agreement states that both Globe and PLDT will receive supplementary frequencies in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands which PLDT says will result in "faster and improved data services".

Furthermore, the NTC letter of approval on May 27 states that Globe is given the permission to use the following frequencies:

Smart will get to use the following:

However, the agreement also comes with certain conditions, including the companies immediately commencing and implementing the co-use agreement over the allotted frequencies, among others.

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