Globe says 80% of Metro Manila now 5G ready

Globe Telecom Inc. announced Thursday that 80% of Metro Manila has now 5th Generation (5G) outdoor coverage.

Ortigas Commercial Business Districts (CBDs) and Bonifacio Global City have 97 percent 5G coverage while Makati has 95 percent.

The top nine cities with the most 5G outdoor coverage include San Juan (91%), Pateros (91%), Mandaluyong (86%), Makati (84%), Caloocan (84%), Manila (83%), Marikina (83%), (81%), and Quezon City.

Globe upgraded a total of 884 locations in Metro Manila into 5G-ready sites and is installing more 5G sites across the country.

“With our aggressive rollouts, our network is getting closer to making the whole of Metro Manila 5G ready,” according to Ernest Cu, Globe President, and CEO.

“We continue to invest in our network so customers can experience the most advanced technologies like 5G,” he explained.

“Ultimately, our goal is to make the 5G experience as pervasive as possible.”

The company is also making other key cities such as Cebu and Davao 5G ready.

Currently, Cebu has 61% 5G coverage and Davao has 60%.

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Globe says 80% of Metro Manila now 5G ready

This year, Globe allotted a capex of P70-billion, the majority of which would be for network expansion in key locations nationwide.

The giant aims to install 2,000 new cell towers and increase its fiber rollouts to provide a better internet connection for Filipino families.

Globe is urging customers, specifically those using the old 3G SIM cards, to upgrade to 5G-ready 4G LTE SIM cards and 5G-enabled mobile devices to experience 5G.

In July 2020, President Rodrigo said during the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he would coordinate with the to remove Globe Telecom Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. from the industry if they would not improve their service by December.

Globe meanwhile responded to the President’s call saying they already invested billions of dollars in improving their services.

“We heed the call of the President to improve telco services,” it said in a statement following Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

It said it had allocated $1.2-billion for its capital spending mainly to fund its network and capacity build.


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