Filipino operator Globe Telecom has announced that it has signed up more than 100,000 WiMAX subscribers, marking its progress as, it claims, the biggest and fastest growing WiMAX network operator in the country and southeast Asia. The Manila Bulletin quotes Manny Escosa, the head of marketing for Globe Broadband, as saying: ‘We are bullish about WiMAX and its prospects in the country. There is a strong demand for a fast, reliable and stable at-home broadband service, and WiMAX is the service to answer that need. We’re continuing to expand our network and also upgrade in areas where we see growth potential. These ensure wider availability and delivery of the Globe WiMAX promise of a top-quality congestion-free broadband service. By the end of this year, we project that our Globe WiMAX customer base will be double the 100,000 we are at today.’
Globe launched its WiMAX service 16 months ago to provide consumers with an affordable and reliable high speed in-home internet service in areas not covered by traditional wireline broadband internet solutions The operator reported 47% growth in its WiMAX user base in the three months ending 30 June 2010. Its wireless broadband network, based on the 802.16e standard, is currently available in nearly 60 provinces across the country, covering 365 cities, including Manila, Caloocan, Cainta, Antipolo, Taytay, Plaridel, Cabanatuan, Dasmarinas, Bacoor, Imus, Tanza, Calamba, Batangas City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro and Zamboanga. Prices for access start at PHP795 (USD16.50) per month.