10 May 2018
Globe Telecom of the Philippines has switched on its 4G LTE in the town of Bongao, in Tawi-Tawi on the southern part of Mindanao, providing residents there with ultra-fast internet connectivity by dint of its dual-band 1800MHz and 700MHz network. Commenting on the service expansion, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said his firm has allocated USD850 million in 2018 ‘to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming.’ Local press note that that Bongao is the capital of Tawi-Tawi, with 35 barangays (administrative districts) and a population of over 100,000 people. It is also the home of the Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (MSU-TCTO). In testing, Globe says the new network is delivering typical data speeds of 39Mbps/17.25Mbps (down/uplink). To date, the operator has deployed nearly 1,700 LTE-700 sites across the Philippines, and nearly 2,000 using the 2600MHz and 1800MHz bands.