Globe upgrades, expands 4G network


Globe Telecom is continuously upgrading its network and expanding its LTE TDD and LTE-FDD footprint to further strengthen its mobile data infrastructure and deliver faster and more reliable wireless internet connectivity.

“Upgrading our network capacity and expanding our LTE TDD/FDD network would make our network more robust and resilient to serve the growing data requirement of our customers and enhance their digital lifestyle,” Globe president and chief executive officer Ernest Cu said, noting burgeoning demand for data-capable devices.

“The two-pronged network expansion ensures reliable and fast mobile internet service, allowing customers to experience seamless video streaming and posts on their social media accounts anytime and anywhere,” Cu added.

LTE TDD refers to Long-Term Evolution Time-Division Duplex, a 4G telecommunications technology and standard. LTE-FDD (Frequency-Division Duplex) is another variant of the LTE technology standard.

The leading digital service provider said that since pioneering the LTE technology in the Philippines, it has been enhancing its wireless network infrastructure, focusing on the expansion of its LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD ultra broadband access technologies for a more pervasive LTE coverage.

The expansion, which involves activation of more than 4,300 cell sites with the LTE technologies, is part of the company’s continuing adoption of more advanced technologies to future-proof its network.

The LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technologies offer higher bandwidth, which enhances the speed of data transfers, provides lower latency and increases overall network capacity.

The growing pervasiveness of its LTE coverage will enhance and strengthen Globe Telecom’s mobile data service in major metropolitan areas such as Manila, Cebu, Davao and other key cities and tourist destinations in the country, enabling customers to explore and share online at faster internet speeds.

According to Cu, the company will continue to upgrade its network infrastructure to sufficiently accommodate the growing popularity of smartphones among Globe customers.

Globe completed its $700 million network modernization initiative to deliver the most advanced network infrastructure in the country, putting in a brand-new access, transport, and core network nationwide.

Globe said that as part of the initiative, the company also completed a nationwide rollout of its 4G network using the HSPA+ technology. HSPA+ refers to Evolved High-Speed Packet Access, a technical standard for wireless, broadband telecommunication.

In addition to adequately serving its customers’ high data usage and enhancing their digital lifestyle, the company’s HSPA+ network also enables Globe to provide the required performance for the rapidly growing data consumption of business enterprises.

Globe also demonstrated proof-of-concept trials on LTE-CA (Carrier Aggregation) and LTE eMBMS eMBMS (enhanced Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service), which are the latest LTE technologies, as part of efforts to stay ahead of its customers’ growing data requirement.

The LTE CA technology dramatically increases efficient utilization of frequencies , enabling Globe to aggregate spectrum for higher bandwidth capacity and improved customer experience.

The LTE eMBMS technology, on the other hand, will pave the way for efficient delivery of video and multimedia services using the company’s LTE network.


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