Globe Telecom said it would roll out its fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology adoption in the Philippines in the second quarter of 2019, with the first 5G Globe At Home service. The 5G network boasts of higher speeds, lower latency, and better capacity.
This will enable Globe to deploy fixed wireless broadband at a fiber speed. Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said the 5G technology would enable Globe to use Air Fiber technology in relation to deployment of fixed wireless broadband that will benefit individual customers at home as well as business clients.
“Air Fiber internet, which makes use of fixed location wireless radios instead of fiber, could provide speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps,” Cu said.
He went on to say, “We have been preparing our network for some time now with our existing vendor partners, including Huawei Technologies. We are happy to bring the Philippines in line with other countries that are early adopters of 5G. Once again, we stay true to our commitment to bring first-world internet in the country.”
The technology will also enable the company to go over the complicated approval process of deploying a fiber optic cable, which involves multiple permits from local government units (LGUs). The right of process can sometimes take years to obtain delaying fiber optic roll-out completion.
“We can bring internet to more homes by deploying 5G compared to a typical fiber optic roll-out,” Cu said.
The 5G technology is expected to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in the country, the telecom firm said. Globe earlier announced said it is enabling its network by utilizing its spectrum assets particularly the 700-megahertz band.
Globe is currently piloting Narrow Band- Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology while enhancing its mobile data services. Due to its inherent advantage of extended reach, this spectrum is ideal to support NB-IoT services.
NB-IoT is one of the three 3GPP standards-based low-power wide area (LPWA) technologies.