Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc. on Friday said it is studying to expand its small cell network business in key cities in the Visayas and Mindanao to help telcos improve their services.

The company also said Globe Telecom, Inc. and telco startup DITO Telecommunity Corp. have already deployed small cells across its pole network in Cebu and Davao.

“While forging strong partnerships with telcos like Globe and DITO, we are also looking at growing our small cell sites beyond our current footprint as we anticipate the increased demand from telcos and other internet service providers,” said Rafael Aboitiz, general manager of Aboitiz InfraCapital’s small cell sites business.

He added: “We are particularly keen on expanding in other key urban cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, where network congestion is a primary issue that hampers service quality.”

The company said it expects a significant increase in pole leases “within the next two years” because of telcos’ planned deployment of their 5G networks.

“A small cell network is a series of small low-powered, short-ranged antennas that provide coverage and capacity, meant to work in conjunction with macro cell towers,” Aboitiz InfraCapital said. — Arjay L. Balinbin