Globe has recently installed Nokia's IPAA+ radio system in South Cotabato, the first of at least 50 installations scheduled for this year to assist the leading Philippine telco's network growth and mobile service improvements.
Nokia developed the IPAA+ for Globe as a sustainable, low-footprint, high-capacity 4G/5G antenna for nationwide site upgrades.
State-of-the-art antenna interleaving technology makes the IPAA+ compact, saving 1.5 meters of tower height. Additionally, it does not increase tower wind load, expediting site acquisition and deployment. Tower reinforcement and building are also rarely needed, decreasing the environmental impact of cell site modernization and 5G deployment.
The world-first 2.6 GHz IPAA+ variant testing in Tantangan, South Cotabato, demonstrated a 5% efficiency improvement over conventional antennas. IPAA+ supports more end-users due to its greater coverage area.
“Through this innovation, Nokia will help us lessen our cost of energy and carbon emissions. Kudos to Nokia for collaborating with our Globe engineers to come up with this new solution. That’s the kind of partnership we can be proud of,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.
Subho Mukherjee, VP of Sustainability at Nokia, also commented on this partnership, saying, “Nokia is proud to partner with Globe and support their efforts to deliver the most sustainability-driven network in the Philippines. Through this unique IPAA+ variant, we are supporting Globe’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint as well as accelerate its 4G/5G rollout across the country to improve the connectivity experience of its customers. We will continue to work closely with them throughout deployment at approximately 50 additional sites this year in the Visayas and Mindanao islands.”
Globe's deployment of the IPAA+ shows its commitment to green network solutions to halve global carbon emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero by 2050. Currently, 25 of Globe’s high-energy plants use renewable energy.