From Zero to Hero: With Globe’s #1stWorldNetwork, Remote N. Cotabato Village Says Hello to LTE, Bids Goodbye to Snail Mail
Until recently, residents of Barangay Dado in Alamada, North Cotabato would send messages to loved ones the old-fashioned way. They had to rely on friends and acquaintances who own vehicles to deliver letters to those outside their village.
In the remote community secluded by mountains, there was no communications infrastructure. Reaching out to loved ones was slow and challenging, even while elsewhere doing so would just take minutes, if at all.
“Mahirap magtawag sa mga anak, kamag-anak. Sulat ka, makiusap ka sa mga sasakyan para maipadala mo,” shared resident Gloria Dol.
But things got better with the recent construction of a Globe cell site equipped with 4G LTE. The tower brought hope and happiness to families separated by distance.
Now that they have mobile phone service, Barangay Dado residents can finally get in touch with others conveniently anytime.
“Gaya ng mga kamag-anak mo sa labas (ng barangay), makatawag ka, makapag cam-to-cam ka. Malaki ang naitulong ng Globe,” said Gloria.
Like water and electricity, connectivity is essential to the lives of every Filipino. It spurs socio-economic development, as it creates new jobs, provides access to 21st-century learning, hastens movement of goods and services, and allows faster information dissemination, among others.
Being at the forefront of such service, Globe relentlessly expands its network to cover far-flung areas to support rural connectivity.
"We want to equally empower our rural communities through telecommunications, and access to the internet will enrich the way people communicate and learn from one another. The network we build helps fuel progress and better life experiences---and we will not stop in making this happen," said Marge Dizon, Globe Vice President and Head of Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.
As the country’s Leader in Mobile, Globe was able to build 1,407 new cell sites in 2021. It has also upgraded and expanded 22,300 mobile sites during the said period. The company has also established over 2,000 5G locations in key areas nationwide which includes in building solutions (IBS).
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically UN SDG No. 9, which aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. It is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.