Globe activates more LTE sites


Posted at Feb 18 2013 03:33 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2013 02:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom is spending nearly $100 million to improve its infrastructure and to set up more Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service sites in the country, giving subscribers more access to superfast mobile connection.

Globe has increased its LTE coverage in key cities such as
Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig, City of Manila, Muntinlupa City, Cebu City and Boracay.

Globe said it has switched on LTE signal in these cities' major avenues, residential areas, business districts, malls, hotels, among others.

Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said the company is investing significantly to boost its 4G LTE service.

"We don’t want them to be constrained in a specific LTE spot and be cut-off after stepping out of there. The Globe LTE coverage lets them freely walk around places they frequent such as malls, offices and the like and still receive our LTE signal seamlessly," Cu said.

Globe Chief Technical Advisor Robert Tan said the company's 4G network is being bolstered as it introduced technologies in anticipation of increased demand for mobile data.

"We have continued to expand our LTE coverage as we focus on large, contiguous areas, instead of 'pocket activations' and 'hot spots' to ensure greater and more stable coverage for customers. With the Globe LTE, we have upped the ante in terms of internet connectivity by as much as 42 Mbps, currently the fastest available there is now," Tan said.

Globe subscribers with LTE handsets such as Huawei Ascend P1 have been able to access LTE since the fourth quarter of last year. Subscribers with iPhone 5, iPad 3 and iPad mini have also been able to experience Globe LTE.