Globe Telecom formally announced its 5G wireless technology adoption in the Philippines, with the first 5G Globe At Home service to be commercially available by the second quarter of 2019.
The 5G network will boast of higher speeds, lower latency and better capacity. This will enable Globe to deploy fixed wireless broadband at a fiber speed.
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said the 5G technology would enable Globe to use Air Fiber technology in relation to deployment of fixed wireless broadband that would benefit individual customers at home and business clients alike.
“Air Fiber internet, which makes use of fixed location wireless radios instead of fiber, could provide speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps,” added Cu.
“We have been preparing our network for some time now with our existing vendor partners, including Huawei. We are happy to bring the Philippines in line with other countries that are early adopters of 5G. Once again, we stay true to our commitment to bring first-world internet in the country,” Cu said.
Globe is currently piloting Narrow Band- Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology while enhancing its mobile data services. Due to its inherent advantage of long reach, this spectrum is ideal to support NB-IoT services. NB-IoT is one of the three 3GPP standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) technologies developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services.
The Globe network has one of the largest deployment of Massive MIMO in Asia as part of its strategic technology roadmap since 2016. MM is the fundamental radio access technology for 5G.