• April 23, 2024

Globe recently deployed Nokia’s state-of-the-art Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA+) radio solution in South Cotabato.

This is the first of at least 50 installations planned for this year to support Globe’s continuing network expansion and enhancement of mobile services for its customers. 

The IPAA+ was produced by Nokia for Globe as a sustainable, low-footprint and high-capacity 4G/5G antenna to support smooth site upgrades across the country. 

Using advanced antenna interleaving technology, the IPAA+ is a compact solution, saving some 1.5 meters of tower height space. Crucially, it does not increase the wind load on the tower, speeding up site acquisition and making deployment easier and faster.

The impact on the cell site is minimal, as tower reinforcement and construction works are typically not needed, reducing the environmental impact during site modernization and the deployment of 5G. 

The world-first testing of the 2.6 GHz IPAA+ variant in Tantangan, South Cotabato showed a 5% improvement in efficiency compared to legacy antennas. Furthermore, as the IPAA+ enables a wider coverage area, it also has the advantage of supporting more end-users. 

“Nokia is proud to partner with Globe and support their efforts to deliver the most sustainability-driven network in the Philippines,” said Subho Mukherjee, VP of Sustainability at Nokia. “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.” 

The IPAA+ is among products showcased by Globe’s partners in the Energize 2023 summit, an event that sought to instill an energy-conscious mindset among Globe employees and its value chain.

Its deployment demonstrates Globe’s commitment to adopting green network solutions as it aims to contribute to halving global carbon emissions by 2030 and attain Net Zero by 2050. To date, 25 of Globe’s high-energy utilization facilities run on renewable energy. 

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