Globe Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) - an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) - to use the train stations to host its network infrastructure.
"In line with the two organisations' commitment to continuously improve the lives of its customers and the Filipino people in general, this partnership is a milestone that is expected to improve the experience of the public riding the MRT, including those in the communities surrounding the MRT stations. With the support of government agencies such as the operators of the MRT Line 3, we hope to change the experience of our customers in high foot traffic areas and strategic locations such as public transport systems," said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group in a press statement.
The MOU allows Globe to deploy wireless internet infrastructure in all 13 stations of MRT-3. In addition, the telco will provide free 30-minute internet access to passengers at all stations.
"By providing a reliable mobile and Wi-Fi internet connectivity, our customers will be able to catch up on emails, keep updated on online entertainment and other communication requirements to further enhance their digital lifestyle even while on their way to work or after work," added Agustin.
He noted the additional network capacities brought by the macro sites and small cells deployment will help address the challenges on mobile signals along EDSA during rush hours.
In line, Globe has set aside a capital expenditure of US$750 million for 2016, in which a bulk of it will be used to boost data capacity and expand network reach. The network build will also increase the capacity Globe's network for both mobile and wirelines using 3G, LTE, and Wi-Fi.
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