Globe launches HSPA+ network; PLDT readies LTE

18 Apr 2011

Globe Telecom of the Philippines has launched commercial HSPA+ services in the country, claiming a first for the Asian nation. The company says the roll out of Evolved High Speed Packet Access technology is the first phase of its migration to 4G services and will provide its users with mobile broadband internet access and the convenience of full mobility. In a press release the operator says the technology has so far been deployed across Metro Manila, which includes Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, Pasay, Las Pinas, Taguig and the City of Manila. By thee end of this year the company expects to increase its HSPA+ presence ‘dramatically’ with continued expansion planned for 2012, it added.

Commenting on the launch, Globe Telecom president and CEO Ernest Cu said: ‘Globe is again pioneering innovation in the Philippines. With the uptake in broadband both on mobile and through other devices, customers want faster broadband in more places. Globe is continuously looking for ways to improve our network infrastructure to meet the demand for quality services.’

Meanwhile, Globe rival Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is raising the technology stakes by claiming that its own launch of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services is imminent. Even as Globe made its statement, PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan was quoted as saying, ‘We are launching our LTE, the real 4G, in Boracay [this week]’.