Filipino telco Globe Telecom plans to upgrade its 3G network infrastructure with 5G-ready 4G LTE systems in several cities in the Visayas and Mindanao island groups. Ayala-led Globe aims to fast-track its shift to 4G LTE this year as the company’s base standard, upgrading its networks in Bacolod City, Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City in the Visayas, as well as Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao, according to Rappler.
TeleGeography notes that to date, Globe Telecom has upgraded its network to 4G in 199 cities and towns in Metro Manila, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Oriental Mindoro, Leyte and Agusan del Sur, among others. Last year it built 1,300 new cell sites and upgraded 11,529 sites to 4G LTE, resulting in faster, unimpeded connections. It also constructed 600,000 broadband lines in 2020, a 55% improvement from 2019, helping customers it said, ‘adjust to the new normal of work-from-home and online learning’. Meanwhile, its fifth-generation mobile network now covers 80% of urban Metro Manila and is also available in 17 key cities nationwide through 1,031 sites.