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Globe now in talks with 5 home owners associations

By Patrick Alcantara - on 10 Apr 2017, 10:43am

Globe now in talks with 5 home owners associations

Globe Telecom expressed optimism in providing better customer experience in exclusive villages after a handful of home owners associations (HOA) responded positively to the open letter Globe released recently. The letter cited difficulty in providing sufficient mobile and internet coverage due to tough security of necessary permits and right-of-way approval from each HOA and barangays.

Magallanes, Bel-Air, Greenhills North, Ayala Alabang, and Hillborough immediately conveyed their willingness to help Globe rolle out cell sites in their villages. Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said that representatives of the company are now in talks with the said HOAs about the telecommunications infrastructure needed for their respective villages.

Meanwhile, homeowners in Dasmarinas Village voted to retain the Outdoor Distributed Antenna System (ODAS) inside their subdivision last April 2, five days after Globe issued the open letter. Although Globe welcomed the development in Dasmarinas Village, the HOA needs to consider replacing the ODAS with regular cell sites to accommodate the increasing number of mobile data users in their subdivision, according to Castelo.

The ODAS makes use of small cell technology to help amplify mobile signal in a limited area. The antennas may be installed on lampposts to make it aesthetically acceptable in many subdivisions. ODAS, however, doesn't replace the capabilities and performance of cell sites or cell towers.

Castelo is also hopeful that Globe can sit down to more HOAs to discuss a potential improvement of internet and mobile connectivity.