Globe Telecom Inc. is upgrading its network to 4G in key areas in Visayas and Mindanao as it nearly completed modernization in Metro Manila as well as most areas of Rizal, Bulacan and Cavite to provide faster broadband speeds.
In Metro Manila, Globe has fired up 86 percent of its target migration to 4G. Pateros, Marikina City, Valenzuela City, Malabon City and Navotas comprise the top cities with the highest percentage of completion. The rest of the National Capital Region is not far behind at 73 percent.
“With the upgrades, we are hoping to help not just the ordinary Filipinos but also those who are making the most out of the COVID-19 pandemic. With 4G, small and medium businesses will get the boost they need now that the traditional means to sell are no longer applicable to sustain their survival,” Joel Agustin, Globe senior vice president for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group, said.
“The technology will keep them competitive in the new normal,” he added.
4G LTE has many advantages over 3G. Aside from better connectivity, 4G offers higher bandwidth and provides faster broadband speeds. It also offers low latency and improved network responsiveness which is needed for enhanced user experience. 4G’s high spectrum efficiency makes network capacity larger to support a higher number of users.
Aside from Metro Manila, similar efforts to upgrade its network are underway in neighboring provinces as well.
In Rizal, at least 92 percent of the upgrade is done. Work has also started in Binangonan, Cainta and Pililla to complete the installations in the whole province.
There are at least 78 percent upgrades completed that have been improved to 4G in Bulacan while 65 percent have been upgraded in Cavite.
Globe is also eyeing to improve its network in Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Cebu (Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City), Davao City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City and Boracay.