Filipino telecoms operator Globe Telecom – controlled by Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp, with Singtel Group holding a minority stake – has launched what it claims is Southeast Asia’s first fifth-generation fixed-wireless broadband service, branded ‘Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G’, with China’s Huawei providing the equipment. The telco unveiled its initial post-paid services plans today (21 June) and aims to offer ultra-high speed wireless internet to thousands of homes and businesses in urban centres as part of its USD1.2 billion CAPEX spending programme for 2019. Globe president Ernest Cu told reporters that the company’s goal is to connect two million households to its various home internet products by next year, up from the figure of 1.7 million reported at end-March 2019.
The operator says Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G post-paid plans offer ‘fibre-like’ speeds of up to 100Mbps and data packages of up to 2TB. The latest service will be initially available in select areas in Pasig, Cavite and Bulacan.