Globe Telecom disclosed that apart from its wireless network transformation which is at the homestretch of its first phase of completion, the company has likewise modernized its Globelines wireline infrastructure in key areas in the central and southern parts of the country.
The four-phase, $51.5-million project involved the change-out of old “legacy” digital line concentrators from the core switches down to the street-side cabinets with next generation network equipment providing voice and data. This is on top of the $700-million nationwide wireless modernization also currently being undertaken by the company.
“Each phase has three tracks: productization, infrastructure and migration. Productization involves the readying of the billing system for migration, infrastructure entails the building of the new street-side cabinets and integration to the new switching system, while migration has to do with the actual movement of the subscriber connections from the old to the new ones,” explained Robert Tan, Chief Technical Advisor of Globe.
“This will make our network more resilient while providing additional capacity to our subscribers. It also reduces our operating expenses after completion; power consumption and space requirements will also be minimized,” said Tan. He added that, “this undertaking gives our customers improved network performance and a more reliable service. In terms of accessibility, it would also be easier for them to get broadband service with the new system in place.”
Earlier in 2010, areas in cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Marikina have been modernized, as part of first phase of this transformation program. Provinces which are now experiencing better landline and wired internet services are Aklan, Iloilo, Roxas, Antique, Biliran, Siquijor, Guimaras, Lanao del Norte and the islands of Negros, Leyte and Samar.
According to the company’s Network Technical Group, subscribers from the aforementioned areas have been transferred to the modernized infrastructure. Other areas that will be upgraded this year include Cavite, Batangas, Cebu and Bohol.