Filipino mobile operator Globe Telecom says it is moving ahead with its 5G network rollout despite the local General Community Quarantine (GCP) measures in place, and aims to launch ‘in the coming weeks’ The Manila Standard reports. The cellco’s next generation network is focused in key areas in the metropolis, specifically in the Makati and Bonifacio Global City Central Business Districts (CBDs) and is expected to be made available to ‘Platinum’ and ‘Postpaid’ mobile customers who are within 5G coverage areas in the coming weeks. Globe notes that to support the launch it is looking to add a number of affordable 5G-ready smartphones to its stable.
Globe Telecom introduced 5G technology in June 2019 when it launched ‘Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G’ for its broadband customers, and was also the first company to offer a 5G-capable smartphone in the Philippines earlier this year. In February 2020, meanwhile, it announced the successful completion of a 5G video call with Thai mobile counterpart AIS – claiming another Filipino first. The video call made through its 5G network reported ‘zero lag’.