Globe Telecom Inc. has logged over two million devices on its 5G network as of the first quarter of this year and is already ahead of its target, Head of Consumer Mobile Business Darius Delgado announced on Friday, July 15.
At least 96 percent of the National Capital Region (NCR) and 85 percent of key cities in Visayas and Mindanao now have Globe 5G outdoor coverage, he stated.
The telco’s massive 5G network rollout helped it record a significant 27x increase in monthly data traffic last year, growing by as much as 35.2 percent month-on-month, with NCR, Cebu, and Davao del Sur serving the highest data traffic nationwide.
Globe has also ensured that more people benefit from 5G by making several entry-level and mid-range 5G phone models available for free when subscribed to a postpaid plan.
A pioneer in 5G technology in the Philippines, Globe is the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to commercially launch 5G AirFiber for Home in 2019.
It introduced 5G for mobile last year and continues to expand its coverage nationwide.
Its 5G service is up to 20x faster than Long Term Evolution (LTE), with average fiber-fast download speeds of up to 156.84 Mbps on average nationwide and at a higher 167.63 Mbps in Metro Manila in May this year.
At its peak, Globe’s 5G download speed can go up to 342.7 Mbps nationwide, and 347.2 Mbps in the capital region.
It has an almost real-time latency that enables faster response time needed for new technologies, hence it’s best for latency-dependent applications such as gaming and video-conferencing.
5G’s data signals travel through data frequencies across low-band, mid-band, and high-band spectrum.
Unlike 4G and LTE that make use of only two spectrum bands, 5G utilizes all three.
Aside from lightning-fast Internet, 5G users can also experience higher-quality streaming, clearer video calls, more intelligent homes and offices, and next-level gaming, among other digital solutions.
“In this age, improved connectivity is critical to economic development,” Delgado pointed out.
“When people are interconnected and can transact through the web, significant growth in GDP can be seen,” he maintained.
With Globe’s wider 5G network, more people are also enjoying higher speeds on mobile devices and in their homes.
“An increase in speeds will also allow for more use cases that empower people and ramp up productivity, boosting the Philippine economy,” Delgado concluded.