4 Nov 2019
Ayala-led Globe Telecom is considering a move to expand 5G home internet coverage to the island groups of Visayas and Mindanao in 2020, The Manila Bulletin quotes President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu as saying. Although no specific details were disclosed, Cu said that the company is actively considering launching its fixed wireless access (FWA) ‘Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G’ service in the two areas ‘in the first half of next year,’ noting that the timetable is largely dependent on ‘economic demographics’ and affordability.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Globe Telecom launched what it claimed was Southeast Asia’s first fifth-generation fixed-wireless broadband service, branded Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G, in June 2019, with China’s Huawei providing the equipment. The telco unveiled its initial post-paid services plans on 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. Ernest Cu told reporters at the time 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 service is available in select areas in Pasig, Cavite and Bulacan, in the Greater Manila Area.