Globe LTE rollout gains ground [The Manila Times, Philippines]
(Manila Times (Phillipines) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 14--Globe Telecom's rollout of its fourth-generation (4G) infrastructure through the combined technology of long-term evolution (LTE) and high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) is fast gaining ground, as the telecommunications company activated more sites across the country.
The cutting-edge technology is now available in key cities in Metro Manila that include Makati City, Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig, Manila, Muntinlupa, San Juan and Las Pinas.
LTE infrastructure has also been established in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao as well as in select areas in the provinces of Bohol, Batangas, Negros Occidental, La Union, Rizal, Aklan, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Cavite, Cagayan, Pangasinan, Isabela, Ilocos, Quirino and Tarlac, and in key tourist destination Boracay.
In a statement, Robert Tan, Globe chief technical adviser said that, "Globe Telecom's rollout of 4G infrastructure is well on its course in line with our commitment to provide the fastest speed on the world's best mobile phones and gadgets."
He added that, "Our LTE-HSPA+ infrastructure will definitely enhance our subscribers' mobile experience."
On the other hand, about 78 percent of the company's network is already running on HSPA+, providing faster mobile browsing experience for its customers, said Tan.
In Metro Manila alone, about 96 percent of the company's network currently utilizes HSPA+.
Globe will also continue to upgrade its HSPA+ network capability by progressively activating more sites nationwide, said Tan, emphasizing that the company will have comprehensive HSPA+ coverage of close to 100 percent by the end of the year.
"More and more areas in the near future would be LTE-HSPA+ capable in line with our network and IT [information technology] modernization program, moving closer to providing superior customer experience," added Tan, referring to the company's transformation initiatives which amount to around $790 million.
Globe Telecom's LTEHSPA+ rollout, in tandem with its network modernization project, bodes well with the company's projection of a surge in the use of smartphones over the next few years, amid emergence of competitively priced devices and increasing use of mobile Internet.
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