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Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom on Wednesday, May 9, announced it had activated the 1800MHz and 700MHz frequency in the town of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. This will provide the people of the town with access to faster internet connectivity.

Bongao is the capital of Tawi-Tawi, with 35 barangays and a population of over 100,000 people. It is also the home of the Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (MSU-TCTO). 

In its statement, Globe said the connection speed registered 39 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 17.25 Mbps upload in speed testing.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu meanwhile said Globe is investing to improve its subscribers' internet access.

“Globe allocated $850 million for capital spending this year to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming,” he said.

Cu said that the company recognized the growing number of customers that can benefit from LTE. “The demand for a reliable mobile internet is no longer confined in urban areas but also in remote municipalities as far as Bongao in the southern part of Mindanao."

Globe said it has deployed nearly 1,700 LTE sites in the Philippines with 700 MHz frequency, while also rolling out nearly 2,000 sites on the 2600 MHz and 1800 Mhz bands. – Rappler.com