Globe Telecom launches first 5G service in Southeast Asia

5G is seen as the fifth generation of mobile technology that will provide faster internet speeds and more reliable connections. This technology is seen as the next mobile technology that will transform the way people communicate with each other as well as how devices connect to one another to establish a smart environment.

Globe Telecom, Inc. launched on 20th June 2019, their fifth-generation (5G) or 5G wireless broadband for homes, becoming the first Philippines carrier to make the next generation connectivity standard available commercially.

“We made a crucial step in fulfilling our goal of connecting more Filipino homes,” said Ernest Cu, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Globe, during the launch.

Globe will offer 5G speeds, which is faster, more secure, and will help the company with its 2020 goal of connecting 2 million households to its various home internet products from 1.7 million in the first quarter, Cu further explained.

Globe is owned by Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp, with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd holding a minority stake.

Besides that, the company is partnering with Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. for the development of its 5G network.

For starters, Globe will offer 5G packages in locations with a high density of cell sites such as Metro Manila, Pasig City and in nearby provinces of Cavite and Bulacan.

“And the countries ahead of us are (South) Korea and Japan. Can you imagine? We’re in great company, right, to be able to launch this technology,” Cu said.

He added, “What it really means is for the Filipino families and I think the Philippines is freedom, freedom to be able to experience the internet much faster than what is there before without having to deploy fiber.”

The largest telecommunications company in the Philippines, PLDT Inc. is aiming to launch 5G services for select home broadband and corporate customers by the fourth quarter of 2019, as said by PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan.

Pangilinan said his group will possibly launch its own 5G services for home and enterprise within the end of the year, as the group pursues to finish its pilot testing for 5G use cases in the next few months.

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