Globe Telecom has detailed its 5G deployment plans for the Philippines across the next year.
Having launched a fixed-wireless 5G broadband offering in June last year, for 2020 Globe is targeting strategic urban zones, including business districts, across Metro Manila. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the deployment will begin in the Pasig area.
To support its 5G rollout, the operator – which is the Philippines’ second largest in terms of subscribers and revenue - has extended a contract with Aviat Networks through to the end of 2024. Under the agreement, Aviat will provide wireless transport solutions across Globe’s network footprint.
In October 2019, the companies announced the deployment of Aviat's WTM 4800 E-band and multi-band radio platform to support Globe's 5G rollouts. WTM 4800 is the industry's first and only single box, multi-band solution which lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) significantly, compared to alternative multi-band solutions.
Globe has also announced that it will release the 5G-capable Huawei Mate 30 Pro device for its high-end users, as part of its efforts to test the “other capabilities of 5G”. The operator invested PHP51 billion (USD1 billion) in its network over 2019, increasing its mobile sites by 139% year-on-year. It has detailed plans for a further PHP63 billion investment in 2020, which some of this going towards 5G.