4G LTE upgrades, 5G expansion help guide the use of mobile PH data


More and more Filipinos have embraced the digital lifestyle using connectivity for work, education, entertainment, health, socializing, banking and online shopping. Continuous upgrades of the 4G LTE network, coupled with efforts to expand 5G in the country, are helping to drive the adoption of mobile data by giving more people access to the internet.

In Globe’s case, mobile data has already accounted for 73 percent of its mobile revenues in the first half of 2021, up from 69 percent in the same period last year. Likewise, the company’s total mobile subscriber base grew 2% to 81.7 million.

Globe said the figures are consistent with the recent study by GlobalData, a leading UK data and analytics company, that total mobile services revenue in the Philippines will reach $ 5.4 billion by 2026. to the expected $ 4.1 billion. year. This represents a cumulative annual growth rate of 5.6% over the next five years due to the growing adoption of mobile data.

“4G subscriptions will surpass 3G in 2021, driven by ongoing 4G / LTE network expansions and increased availability of 4G-enabled smartphones,” said GlobalData telecom analyst Harika Damidi.

4G LTE offers higher bandwidth and better network responsiveness than 3G, which means lower latency, higher network capacity, backward compatibility and future proof. On the other hand, 5G also offers faster connectivity and download speeds than 4G. It also offers ultra-low latency, higher bandwidth, superior network reliability, and the ability to connect to more devices.

“These latest findings are in line with our efforts to bring first world connectivity to more Filipinos to further enrich their digital lifestyle. We expect this rapid digitization to continue beyond these pandemic times, so our continued efforts to scale up. our 4G LTE footprint and expand our 5G network, “said Darius Delgado, Globe Head of Consumer Mobile Business.

To guarantee its customers the consistency of the network, Globe continuously invests in its network to bring the most advanced technologies such as 4G LTE and 5G. For the first half of 2021, it installed at least 641 new cell towers in strategic locations across the country and upgraded 8,175 mobile sites to 4G LTE. Meanwhile, it built 1,906 5G sites nationwide at the end of September and has installed over one million high-speed broadband lines to date.

According to the same study, 5G services are expected to account for 22.5% of total mobile subscriptions by the end of 2026 in the Philippines. The improved performance of 5G technology and increased efficiency enable new user experiences and capabilities. It enables frontier technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Edge Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industrial IoT and Immersive Learning.

“We are at the height of a revolution that will build a more connected nation, creating substantial economic value and improving the quality of life through demographics. Advanced connectivity is the great equalizer and we are proud to bring 4G and 5G technologies within the reach of every Filipino, “said Ernest Cu, president and CEO of Globe.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular UN SDG No. 9, which emphasizes the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. It is committed to supporting the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and contributing to the 10 UN SDGs.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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