Globe Telecom Inc. on Thursday said 80 percent of Metro Manila is now 5G-ready after modernizing its network.
The Ayala-led telco has upgraded 884 locations in Metro Manila into 5G-ready sites to make 5G service available to its customers. It will continue to install more 5G-ready sites all over the country.
“We continue to invest on our network so our customers get to experience the many promises and opportunities of the most advanced technologies like 5G,” Ernest Cu, Globe president and chief executive said.
“With our aggressive roll outs, our network is getting closer to making the whole of Metro Manila 5G ready. Ultimately, our goal is to make the 5G experience as pervasive as possible,” he added.
Bonifacio Global City, Makati and Ortigas Commercial Business Districts (CBDs) are nearing completion with coverage of 97 percent, 95 percent and 97 percent respectively.
San Juan (91 percent), Pateros (91 percent), Mandaluyong (86 percent), Makati (84 percent), Caloocan (84 percent), Manila (83 percent), Marikina (83 percent), Pasig (81 percent), and Quezon City (80 percent) are among the top nine cities with the most 5G outdoor coverage.
Efforts are being made to boost further Globe’s 5G readiness in other key cities in the country such as Cebu and Davao. Modernization efforts in Cebu are currently at 61 percent coverage while Davao is with 60 percent coverage.
Globe has earmarked a capex of P70-billion for 2021, bulk of which is for network expansion in key locations across the country. This year, Globe is targeting to install 2,000 new cell towers and will increase its fiber rollouts to connect more Filipino homes.
Globe’s aggressive builds have resulted in better call, SMS and data experience to its customers all over the country in recent weeks. This has been validated by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, with its latest consistency report.
According to Ookla, Globe’s regional mobile Consistency Scor improved from the previous quarter in 16 out of 17 regions, registering increases as high as 10 PPTs (percentage points), with Consistency Scores ranging from 39 percent and 65 percent in fourth quarter of 2020.
Ookla’s quarterly data shows that Globe’s overall Consistency Score in fourth quarter of 2020 improved to 60.82 percent from third quarter’s 56.83 percent.
Mobile Consistency Score measures the number of incidences (viewed as a percentage) of a provider’s samples equal or exceeds both a download threshold of 5 Mbps and an upload threshold of 1 Mbps.
With the proliferation of more affordable 5G-enabled devices, Globe is encouraging its customers, especially those using the old 3G SIM cards to upgrade to 5G-ready 4G LTE SIM cards and 5G-enabled mobile devices so they may fully enjoy and experience the wonderful benefits and advantages of 5G.
SIM change is free at any Globe Stores and customers will retain their old number. For security reasons, customers are advised to upgrade their SIM at the Globe Store only.