Sunday, April 17, 2011

Philippine 4G Mobile Tech, A Globe's First

Globe Telecoms recently launched the commercial roll out of their 4G mobile technology - a Globe first.

This endeavor is part of the major expansion of its 4G footprint in the Philippines, which is only the first phase utilizing the global standard HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access). with one of the largest WiMAX deployments in Southeast Asia.

Not to compete with the existing 4G WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), HSPA+ actually complements it the added benefit of on-the-go access and mobility.

Currently, the network covers cities across metro manila including Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, Pasay, Las Pinas, Taguig and Manila City. This development is expected to continue unitl 2012.
Globe is again pioneering innovation in the Philippines...Globe is continuously looking for ways to improve our network infrastructure to meet the demand for quality services. In 2009, we were the first carrier to launch 4G through our WiMax network. Today, we extend our leadership by taking 4G mobile. With our high speed broadband rollout, Globe will continue to lead in customer experience by giving our subscribers better, faster, and more reliable broadband connections on their phone, laptop, PC or tablet,” says Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu.

With the Philippines having one of the lowest bandwidth capacity in Asia, it's good to know that it's getting better. I think it is indeed hightime since the country also has one of the highest penetratiion rate of Internet users in context of the population.

Morever, now with HSDPA+ I beleive buffering in Youtube videos is greatly reduced, if not eliminated. VIdeo calling and conferencing with the bosses in the office would now be seamless and non-choppy.

And in terms of downloading, HSPA+ theoretically allows download speeds of up to 21 Mbps and up. But subscribers are expected to enjoy browsing at an average speed of 4-6 Mbps.

With the improved network capacity, Globe is set to launch a number of new multimedia services and 4G devices very soon. This is exciting. :)

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