13 Sep 2019
Globe Telecom’s senior vice president of broadband business, Martha Sazon, says the company will seek to exploit the ‘competitive advantage’ of fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G technologies to boost its share of the home broadband market in the Philippines. Speaking at 5G Asia, Singapore, Ms Sazon said FWA – which can deliver peak download speeds of up to 100Mbps to support high data allowances, said deploying FWA will allow Globe to exploit a competitive advantage over its rivals in a country made up of 7,000 islands. Mobile World Live quotes her as saying that with nationwide deployment of fixed broadband fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) impractical in such a topography as the Philippines and with FTTH access plan costs typically high, broadband penetration is languishing below the regional average. To combat this, Globe is considering using 5G FWA, rolling out the technology in a sequential way to ‘protect the user experience’.