President Aquino witnessed today two contract signings spearheaded by the Philippines’ leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom. The first contract was between Globe and its technology partner, global ICT solutions provider Huawei, on the US$700-million massive mobile network modernization program to be rolled out nationwide within the next five years. Another contract was signed by Globe with Alcatel-Lucent, a network transformation leader, to manage the project.
Other witnesses to the signing were DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas, Globe Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Singtel Group CEO Chua Sock Koong.
“This is will set the industry benchmark for the most technologically advanced network that radically enhances customer experience, increases capacity, and effectively manages cost. This initiative is expected to bring aggressive growth prospects, savings in capital spending and expenses, as well as operational efficiencies from the synergy among Globe and our partners, Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent. We are future-proofing our network to meet the current and future demands of the market using new technologies that are cost efficient and planet friendly ” said Ernest L. Cu, President and CEO of Globe.
Eric Xu, Executive Vice President of Huawei, said: “We are honored to be the strategic partner of Globe in this landmark project. With our advanced technologies and strong capabilities, we are committed to help Globe maintain its leadership in the fast-growing mobile broadband market.”
Globe decided to award the project to Huawei after thorough evaluation and extensive deliberations of vendor proposals which proved Huawei’s technical expertise and strong track record of success, having done similar projects in other countries.
Leading French innovator Alcatel-Lucent, who has been assigned as project manager, will take overall responsibility in the timely execution of the network modernization program.
“Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive experience and methodologies in services, we are pleased to work together with Globe for the project management and system integration to ensure success of the Globe network modernization program,” said Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific region. “The project will enhance the cooperation between Alcatel-Lucent and Globe in the new phase,” Singh-Molares added.
The network modernization program includes an all-IP infrastructure, pervasive 3G coverage, double fiber optics capacity, 4G and LTE readiness, and overall quality and resiliency. At least US$570 million of the total amount is expected to be spent this year and the next.
This project also serves to broaden the telecommunications horizon of our nation. Its corollary infrastructure expansion and service innovation stands to attract investment and business.
Once completed, Globe envisions a robust and resilient network that can provide an unparalleled customer experience. The new Globe network and IT systems are not only designed to address all current customer needs but would also have the capacity and capability for more sophisticated use of mobile and broadband technologies. Globe customers can look forward to vastly improved call quality under pervasive 3G coverage, rare dropped calls, and instantaneous SMS delivery as well as enjoy blazingly fast mobile internet access.