Globe to expand LTE-covered areas


Posted at Jan 30 2013 04:46 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2013 12:46 AM

 MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom on Wednesday said it is planning to expand the coverage of its long term evolution service (LTE), which would provide high speed internet to its subscribers.

Globe's LTE rollout strategy involves focusing on large, contiguous areas instead of sporadic distribution or hotspots. 

"Even with LTE, Postpaid subscribers don’t need to incur additional fees or shift to a different or higher data plan just to enjoy the benefits of LTE. Globe is making LTE available to everyone on LTE-enabled devices regardless of their plan subscription," said Globe senior advisor for consumer business Peter Bithos.

LTE, a fourth-generation (4G) service, makes it possible for users to connect to the Internet with as much as 42 mbps in speed. 3G services such as the HSPA+ can only provide up to 21 mbps in connection speed.

As of January 2013, Globe's LTE network, which uses a frequency of 1800 MHz perfect for the iPhone 5, covers Makati, as well as select areas in Manila, Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig City, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, Cebu City, and Boracay.

Globe and Smart Communications on Tuesday made LTE services available for subscribers using iPhone 5, after Apple released a new software update.