As 5G customers are on the rise on the back of continuing efforts to make the technology more available and accessible in the Philippines, Globe Telecom said it expects a faster rollout of fifth-generation technology in the country.
The largest mobile network operator in the Philippines said 5G technology users have increased by 12.9% to more than 700,000 in May from April. The telco saw an average of 11.8% increase in device count in the last two months.
Globe has been migrating customers to 4G LTE and 5G technology, with SIM and device offers nationwide.
“The entry of affordable 5G-capable mobile devices has also made it possible for more people to use the technology,” said Joel R. Agustin, senior vice-president for Globe’s program delivery, network technical group.
Globe claims that its 5G outdoor coverage has reached ‘at least’ 88% of the National Capital Region (NCR, aka Metro Manila) with Bonifacio Global City Central Business District (CBD) and Ortigas CBD having the ‘highest coverage’ with 97% each. The telco’s 5G network is active in at least 82% or more in 13 cities in Metro Manila.
“We are expecting the rise in numbers as we make the 5G technology more pervasive in key locations not only in Metro Manila but in highly-urbanized cities in Visayas and Mindanao. We will make our 5G presence more felt in Visayas and Mindanao in the coming months,” said Joel.
Manila Standard quoted Globe president and chief executive Ernest Cu saying the difficulties in putting up cell sites in the past had affected the deployment of 5G. He, however, said it is much easier to build now with the new laws that were crafted during the pandemic. Adding a new layer of technology on the same infrastructure and the same towers also helps Globe offload 4G LTE into 5G.