Globe To Roll Out 5G Home Broadband By Mid-2019
Globe, an Ayala-led company has partnered with Huawei Technologies Ltd. for the development of its 5G network.
Globe Telecom announced on Wednesday that it would offer its first 5G Globe at Home plan by the middle of 2019. In a statement made by the President and CEO of Globe, Mr. Ernest L Cu, he said that the 5G technology would enable Globe to use Air Fiber technology. This technology can provide speeds from 50 megabits per second (Mbps) to 100 Mbps.
Additionally, the 5G network will not only boast higher speeds but also lower latency and better capacity. This can be highly useful not just for everyday basic Internet use but also more compatible with new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality (VR).
Gil B. Genio, the Chief Technology and Information Officer of Globe said in an interview that it would be practical to initially roll out 5G in Metro Manila and other urban centers where there is a high density of cell sites. Mr. Cu also added that they are rolling out home broadband first because of the continuing take-up of content video streaming, which contributed to higher data usage and revenues of Globe.
Standards for 5G have to be finalized, with the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a collaboration of seven telecommunications standard development organizations, having approved a set of standards for new radio specifications last December.
The company has launched 5G Technolab, a facility that will be assigned for the research and development, standardization, and testing of 5G technology. It also tapped Huawei as its partner.
Meanwhile, Globe’s rival, Smart Communications, Inc. also announced recently that they’re conducting research and development of 5G rollout. They have not yet determined a specific rollout date, but they aim to be a 5G-ready network by 2020.