MANILA – More Filipinos will soon have access to faster and more stable mobile internet services in Metro Manila as Globe Telecom (Globe) announced its plans to expand its 5G network to cover 80 percent of the region by yearend.
“We are probably in the two-thirds range right now. To complement this, we have also begun to roll out in six key cities in Visayas and Mindanao as part of the overall change we are making to bring 5G to more places and customers in the country,” Gil Genio, Globe’s chief technology and information officer, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Globe said its 5G network is now available in 17 cities across the country which includes several cities in the National Capital Region for Luzon; Bacolod, Boracay, Iloilo, Talisay, Lapu-Lapu, Cordova, Minglanilla, and Cebu City for Visayas; and Davao City and Cagayan de Oro for Mindanao.
5G is the latest wireless internet connectivity that promises faster speeds, higher bandwidth, and more stable internet connections.
In Davao City, it said 5G has been online since the first week of November, noting that its users will need a 5G-capable handset to take advantage of “jaw-dropping speeds and other potentials of 5G.”
Globe’s 5G rollout is part of the company’s three-pronged strategy for network upgrades and expansion—aggressive cell site builds, upgrading cell sites to 4G/LTE using many different frequencies, and fast-tracking its fiber network rollout for home broadband users.
The company also vowed to champion the 10 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG)—especially UNSDG no. 9 which recognizes the importance of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. (PNA)