GLOBE Telecom, Inc. said on Monday it is on track to complete its one-million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) lines this year, after laying 274,000 lines as of the first quarter.

“That’s more than a fourth of [our] target of one million FTTH lines for 2021,” Globe said in an e-mailed statement.

Globe has completed the expansion of at least 4,210 sites.

In the first quarter, the telco installed 318 new cell towers across the country.

“While our numbers are good for the first quarter of the year, there is still a lot more work to be done,” said Joel R. Agustin, Globe senior vice-president for program delivery, network technical group.

“We need to continue this momentum and rise above quarantine challenges to meet the growing demand of our customers,” he added.

According to the latest Speedtest Global Index by US internet testing and analysis company Ookla, fixed broadband in the Philippines continued to improve in March, with an average speed of 46.25 megabits per second (Mbps), up 20.25% from February.

Meanwhile, mobile internet had an average download speed of 25.43 Mbps, down from 26.24 Mbps in February. — Arjay L. Balinbin