BALANGA CITY — Globe Telecom will be investing around P1 billion for its communication service in this province, aimed for better and speedy internet connection.
This was announced by 2nd District Rep. Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III during the first visit in Bataan Friday of Ernesto Cu, Globe CEO.
Garcia said that the coming of Cu ”is to make sure that we will have good communication service from Globe and especially, ang inaasahan ng lahat na bumilis ang internet dito.”
“Thank you for visiting Bataan to see personally where your investment will go and hope that you will have more future investments here,” he told Cu.
Gov. Albert Garcia welcomed Cu and the Globe family at the Bunker, seat of the provincial government. The governor spelled out the gains of the province and infrastructure projects already finished and soon to be constructed.
Cu said connectivity will be the first thing they will be doing and then will embark on the software. Additional 74 new cell sites, he said, will also be constructed in Bataan.
“It is expensive but it is over-waited and I think after coming here and seeing and hearing the plans, I think we may even increase it,” the Globe executive said.
Saying that the project will not succeed without the permits and the sites Cu asked provincial and municipal officials “tulungan ninyo kaming humanap ng lugar para maitayo ito.”
He said that in their experience, there were places where they found it hard to build cell sites.
The governor said he has issued an executive order enjoining all municipal and village officials to assist Globe.
“We will interconnect all of these. We will also install about 230 kilometers of fiber around the province connecting the major distribution,” Cu said, disclosing that Globe will be spending this year around $62B for infrastructure in the whole country. In 2018, he said, they built only more than 500 cell sites but in 2019 they had 1,100 cell sites.
“This is historical high never been done by any telco. This year, we want to build 1,800,” Cu said.
The Globe CEO admitted that they have big income but that most of the amount go into infrastructures. They have to go on despite the big expenses thinking of the welfare of the country.
“Kapag tumigil kami, titigil ang pag-advance ng ating country. Telco is a fiber infrastructure no different from building roads, bridges and power utilities. Without telco, nothing happens,” Cu said.