Globe LTE nears 95% na­tion­wide cov­er­age with 700 MHz, other new spec­trum as­sets

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Billboard -

Fully uti­liz­ing its 700 MHz spec­trum and other new spec­trum as­sets, Globe Tele­com is on course of de­ploy­ing LTE ser­vice to 95 per­cent of cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide by the end of 2018.

This is part of the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NTC) when it was granted couse of the 700 MHz, 2600 MHz, and other spec­trum bands, fol­low­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of 50% of San Miguel’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion as­sets in 2016.

The new spec­trum as­sets en­abled Globe to fast­track the roll­out of LTE ser­vice na­tion­wide, said Joel Agustin, Globe Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Pro­gram Gov­er­nance, Net­work Tech­ni­cal Group. As of third quar­ter of 2018, Globe has de­ployed close to 12,000 LTE cell sites us­ing 700 MHz, 2600 MHz, and other spec­trum as­sets. Al­most 3,000 of these LTE sites are equipped with 700 MHz, while over 3,700 of these LTE sites are pow­ered by 2600 MHz.

Agustin said the LTE sites cover ma­jor busi­ness dis­tricts and high­lyur­ban­ized and pop­u­lated ar­eas in the Philip­pines, as cus­tomers us­ing LTE-ca­pa­ble de­vices are steadily in­creas­ing in these ar­eas. About 50 per­cent of new LTE site de­ploy­ments dur­ing 2018 are in NCR/ GMA re­gion, 35 per­cent in North Lu­zon and South Lu­zon, while about 15 per­cent are in Visayas and Min­danao.

As of end-Septem­ber this year, the LTE ser­vice of Globe is now avail­able in about 90 per­cent of cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide.

“We are con­fi­dent that more and more Filipinos will ex­pe­ri­ence im­proved in­ter­net ser­vices as adop­tion of LTE-ca­pa­ble de­vices in­creases and as we con­tinue to de­ploy LTE cov­er­age in more cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. This is con­sis­tent with our strat­egy of con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing in­ter­net ser­vices us­ing the pre­vi­ously-idle 700 MHz spec­trum and other fre­quen­cies that the NTC al­lowed us to couse,” Agustin said.

The ag­gres­sive de­ploy­ment of LTE sites has led to sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in the Philip­pines’ 4G LTE avail­abil­ity. OpenSig­nal re­sults for March 2018 showed that 4G LTE avail­abil­ity in the Philip­pines jumped to 63.70% from just 44.80% dur­ing the third quar­ter of 2016 - the pe­riod when Globe first uti­lized its 700 MHz spec­trum as­sets. Globe was also able to re­tain its po­si­tion of hav­ing the high­est 4G LTE avail­abil­ity na­tion­wide as its cus­tomers were able to ac­cess the ser­vice 67.5% of the time, as com­pared to its com­pe­ti­tion’s 59.68%, the lat­est OpenSig­nal re­port read. The lat­est 4G LTE avail­abil­ity score of Globe was also “a big improve­ment from the 55.3% recorded in March 2017,” the re­port added.

Aside from near­ing de­ploy­ment of LTE ser­vice in 95% of cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide, Globe also fired up al­most 300 mas­sive MIMO (mul­ti­ple in­put, mul­ti­ple out­put) sites through the use of high-band spec­trum 2600 MHz. Mas­sive MIMO is a wire­less trans­mis­sion tech­nique that uses a large num­ber of an­ten­nas to im­prove cell ca­pac­ity. The tech­nol­ogy in­creases wire­less through­put, ac­com­mo­dat­ing more users at higher data rates with bet­ter reli­a­bil­ity while con­sum­ing less power. This tech­nol­ogy is seen to pro­vide vast mo­bile ca­pac­ity, cov­er­age, and reli­a­bil­ity for 5G, which Globe is set to de­ploy at homes by the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019.PR

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