EditorialsYoda Advice

Slow Mobile Internet? Blame Exclusive Villages – Telcos


Is your mobile internet super slow? You can thank exclusive villages for that. Yup, those gated communities may just be one of the biggest problems when it comes to the almost agonizingly slow mobile internet in the capital, according to both Smart and Globe.

The problem is that many home owners in posh villages like McKinley Hills, Valle Verde, White Plains and Dasmarinas Village have outright refused the requests of both telcos to construct additional infrastructure within their villages because of perceived health concerns from cell towers.

Cellular towers are a vital link in the infrastructure of any telco, and the lack of them is one of the leading reasons why mobile internet in the metropolis is at its current sorry state.

Smart Communications Inc. provided the House of Representatives with a list of 100 villages and subdivisions in the Metro that opposed the construction of cell cites within their jurisdiction.

Among those in the list were Alabang Hills, Ayala Alabang, Greenmeadows, Loyola Grand Villas, Xavierville, Valle Verde, White Plains, St. Ignatius, McKinley Hills, One McKinley Place, BF Homes, Better Living, Bel-Air, Dasmarinas Village, Forbes Park, Multinational, Capitol Hills, Ferndale, Corinthian Gardens, Montgomery Place, North Greenhills, Horseshoe, Phil-Am Homes, Tierra Pura, Filinvest Homes, and Hillsborough.

The list was part of the additional documentary requirements submitted by Smart to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Legislative Franchises as the telco applied for the extension/renewal of its legislative franchise.

Smart’s operation of an Outdoor Distributed Antenna System (ODAS) in La Vista subdivision in Quezon City was also stopped by a cease and desist order from the city’s Department Of Building Official (DBO) on Feb. 2016. That cease and desist order was issued based on the complaints of individuals.

The government too, is a common stumbling block for both telcos when they try to beef up their infrastructure – telcos needed around 25 permits, on average to put up a single cell site, and those permits usually take around eight months for LGUs to process.

The result? The Philippines has the lowest number of unique physical cell sites in Asia, coming in at a whopping 15,000 cell sites. To put that in prespective, China has the highest number with 1.18 million cell sites, followed by India (450,000), Indonesia (76,477), Vietnam (55,000), Thailand (52,483), Pakistan (28,000), Bangladesh (27,000), and Malaysia (22,000).


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

Related Articles


  1. Pambihira, mas madami pa cell sites sa Bangladesh at Pakistan? I hope the Duterte administration can address this ASAP.

  2. mas concern kame sa health kaysa sa lakas ng LTE signal. hinde naman kelangan ng cell sites kasi naka FIBER kame.

  3. jusmiyo gid. napaka aarte naman yang mga yan. tigilan niyo kame sa mga health concerns shit na yan a. reklamo kayo ng reklamo sa mabagal na serbisyo pero ayaw niyo makipag tulungan. porke may fiber plans kayo wla na kayo pakisama sa kapwa nyo.!!!

  4. Prefer unilimited fibr than fucking overpriced cell towers with limited data plans, even with slow speed, whats the point? Its capped at 1GB of data for the same price of 3mbps unlimited.

  5. The radiation coming for cell towers is no different from radio waves that carry television signals, they are non-ionizing. Non-ionizing radiation is not damaging to the living cells of our bodies. The claims of these gated communities are based-on ignorant perception and not backed by Science.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button
%d bloggers like this: