In a press release over the weekend, Filipino telecoms operator Globe says it is ‘firing up’ 5G in more areas in Metro Manila, namely: Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Valenzuela and Caloocan. According to Coco Domingo, Globe VP for Strategic Platforms and Partnerships, the areas targeted include both residential and business districts, noting: ‘The deployment of Globe’s 5G is strategic as we’re targeting those main nerve centres that in the very near future would benefit greatly from the transformative power of better and faster connectivity’. TeleGeography notes that Ayala-led Globe initially deployed 5G services in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati Central Business District, Rockwell Center, Ortigas CBD, and strategic areas along two major highways – EDSA and C5. Supporting the rollout, the operator has made a number of 5G handsets available to pre-paid and contract users, it said. 5G-enabled phones are ready to connect to the next generation network, without any additional charges, Globe added. The 5G network also extends the reach of its fixed-wireless service ‘Air Fiber 5G’, launched in 2019.