Globe to offer 5G services in PH by mid-2019

Globe Telecom has announced that 5G wireless technology will be commercially available by mid-2019, via 5G Globe At Home service. The 5G network offers higher speeds, lower latency, better capacity, and allows Globe to circumvent the circuitous approval process of deploying a fiber optic cable, which involves multiple permits from local gov’t units (LGUs), which can take years to obtain. “We can bring internet to more homes by deploying 5G compared to a typical fiber optic roll-out,” said said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, talks about Air Fiber technology.

The 5G network allows Globe to deploy fixed wireless broadband at a fiber speed, and enables Globe to use Air Fiber technology. “Air fiber internet, which makes use of fixed location wireless radios instead of fiber, could provide speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps,” Cu said.

Consumer experience of Video-on-Demand services may be among the first to benefit from 5G technology. But don’t count out eSports and their competitive games that demand decent internet to be playable.

Huawei Technologies as key technology partner

“We have been preparing our network for sometime now with our existing vendor partners, including Huawei Technologies,” said Ernest Cu. Globe extended its partnership with Huawei through a five-year contract involving the planning and design of a wireless broadband network, plus the creation of a wireless innovation center.

Lim Chee Siong, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Huawei Technologies, a key technology partner of Globe, covers both the usage scenarios where 5G shines (virtual reality, included) and assures audiences that Globe’s network is indeed 5G-ready.

Huawei was also Globe’s technology partner when it implemented a $700-million network modernization program started in 2011.

5G and the Internet of Things

5G technology can accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in the Philippines. Globe has announced that it’s enabling its network by using its spectrum assets, particularly the 700-megahertz band.

Globe is now piloting Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology as it enhances its mobile data services. This spectrum has the inherent advantage of long reach and is ideal for supporting NB-IoT services. NB-IoT is one of three 3GPP standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) technolgies developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services.

A key benefit of 5G technology is that it allows Globe to cut through the laborious approval process of deploying a fiber optic cable, allowing them to bring more internet to more homes.

NB-IoT is more developed vis-a-vis other defined 3GPP standards. Globe and Huawei are working together to ensure network readiness to support said services. As part of its strategic technology roadmap since 2016, the Globe network now has one of the largest deployment of Massive MIMO (MM) in Asia. MM is the fundamental radio access technology of 5G.

5G technology will be welcomed by customers, homes, and businesses.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for