By Emmie V. Abadilla
A handful of home owners associations (HOAs) in exclusive villages, such as Magallanes, Bel-Air,
Greenhills North, Ayala Alabang and Hillsborough, have expressed willingness to allow Globe Telecom to roll out their cell sites within their premises.
“We are confident that the HOAs will consider the benefits of a connected community in this digital age over the myths of health risks,” according to the telco’s executives. Globe issued an open letter customers residing in exclusive villages that it is still unable to provide sufficient mobile and internet coverage due to continuing challenges in securing the necessary permits and right-of-way approval from HOAs and barangays.
Meanwhile, homeowners in Dasmarinas Village voted to retain the Outdoor Distributed Antenna System (ODAS) inside their subdivision last April 2 five days after Globe issued the open letter.
Although Globe welcomed the development in Dasmarinas Village, the HOA needs to consider replacing the ODAS with regular cell sites to accommodate the increasing number of mobile data users in their subdivision.
The ODAS make use of small cell technology to help amplify mobile signal in a limited area.
The antennas may be installed on lampposts to make it aesthetically acceptable in many subdivisions. ODAs however do not replace the capabilities and performance of cell sites or cell towers. Globe can also sit down with other HOAs to discuss on how to improve connectivity in their villages.
The villages named in the open letter where Globe is having difficulty to build cell sites are: Forbes Park, Dasmarinas, Magallanes, San Lorenzo, Bel-Air, Green Meadows, La Vista, Greenhills North, Fruitville, JEE Village, BF Homes, Merville, South Bay Garden, Concepcion, Modesta, Loyola Grand Villas, Jaybee, St. Mary’s Subdivision, Vista Real Classica Subdivision, Meteor Homes, Valle Verde 1, Kings Vill Executive Village, Smile CitiHomes Condominium, Thomas Homes, and Vista Rio.