Globe Telecom has completed a 4G/LTE upgrade to its network in Boracay and is set to accelerate a modernisation push in other areas of the Philippines.
The Ayala-led operator’s Senior VP for Program Delivery Joel Agustin noted that the Boracay upgrade formed part of an overall strengthening of Globe’s presence in Mindanao and Visayas.
Agustin added that Globe was now “fast-tracking the completion of its network modernisation in Pampanga and in the three remaining towns of Laguna namely, Sta. Rosa, Calamba and Cabuyao before the month ends.” This initiative falls under its capital expenditure of PHP70 billion (US$1.44 billion) for the current fiscal year.
TeleGeography reports that Globe is implementing an aggressive buildout strategy for its network, deploying new suits and upgrading existing ones to 4G using several frequencies, as well as connecting more homes to its fibre network across the Philippines.
This week, Globe announced that three cities in the Philippines – Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue – will have their 4G networks upgraded to 5G “soon”, with head of regional sales Adonis Evangelista telling users to check that their devices are 5G-ready.
Local media quoted Evangelista as saying: “Our engineering team is in full force in laying the foundation for the ground launch soon of our 5G signal. And they are doing well. There are already pilot areas being installed with 5G in Cebu City. Hopefully, within the coming months, we can do a ground launch. Once everything is in place and everything is tested well, we can already commercially launch it.”