Globe launches 5G push to speed up internet service


Posted at Jun 07 2018 08:52 AM

A logo of Globe Telecom is seen at a Globe service center in Quezon City. Picture taken May 7, 2018. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

MANILA – Globe Telecom said it partnered with China's Huawei to bring 5G technology to the Philippines and speed up internet connectivity.

The company hopes to more than double average broadband speeds to 50 mbps by 2020 from 17.62 mbps in April 2018, Globe chief technology officer Gil Genio said late Wednesday.

Globe rival PLDT Inc announced a similar deal with Huawei in February. The Shenzhen-based company manufactures telecommunications infrastructure aside from smartphones.

The Philippines ranked 85th out of 88 territories based on LTE speed and 75th in terms of LTE availability, according to a report by London-based wireless coverage mapping firm OpenSignal last February.

A separate study by industry monitor Speedtest showed that average download speeds in the Philippines for mobile picked up to 11.95 mbps in September 2017 from 10.47 Mbps three months prior.

This improved the country's world ranking to 94th from 99th, Speedtest said.

A 5G simulation booth at Huawei Technolgies' Shenzhen campus is shown in this photo. ABS-CBN News/file

The government hopes to name this year a third telecommunications firm to challenge the dominance of Globe and PLDT Inc.