The Philippine Daily Inquirer writes that Ayala Corp-backed Globe Telecom has launched a pilot programme designed to replace its legacy 2G mobile infrastructure in Davao City with new 3G and 4G technology. The upgrade is core to the operator’s plan to modernise its network, expand capacity and improve reliability for customers, it said. However, the shift will require many GSM users to replace their phones as many second-generation handsets will not run on the newer, advanced platforms. In a statement, Globe said: ‘The network modernisation programme, touted as the most significant investment of Globe in the last two decades, includes an all-IP infrastructure, pervasive 3G coverage, [a doubling of] fibre-optic capacity, 4G and LTE readiness, and overall quality and resiliency’. The initiative, dubbed the ‘Davao Pilot Project,’ is part of Globe’s nationwide network modernisation programme worth USD790 million. The upgrade is being carried out in partnership with China’s Huawei International and Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent.