5G is currently being rolled out in strategic areas in the Philippines. In fact, just a few days ago, we did a speed test on the OPPO Reno 4 Z 5G in Rizal. Globe Telecom, the pioneer in 5G service in the country, has also shared some good news with us.
The telco says it has expanded its 5G coverage to 17 key cities in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. The non-National Capital Region locations now include Bacolod, Boracay, Cebu City, Cordova, Iloilo, Lapu-Lapu, Minglanilla, and Talisay in Visayas. Globe has also fired up 5G sites in the cities of Davao and Cagayan De Oro in Mindanao.
This is, in the company’s own words, “keeping true to its promise of bringing the latest technology to other parts of the country.”
In Metro Manila, where the carrier is aggressively accelerating upgrades of its existing technology, Globe says it is on track for its target to cover around 80% of the metropolitan area by end-2020. “We are probably in the two-thirds range right now,” says Globe Telecom chief technology and information officer Gil Genio.
Recall that in September, the Ayala-led telco announced the addition of 5G locations in the following cities:
- Quezon City: Commonwealth Avenue, Tandang Sora Road, Mindanao Avenue, Luzon Avenue
- Manila: Abad Santos Avenue, Rizal Avenue, Honorio Lopez Boulevard
- Marikina: Sumulong Highway, Bagong Silang
- Caloocan: Quirino Highway, C3 Road, Congressional Road Extension
- Valenzuela: Pan Philippine Highway, Tamaraw Hill Road
- Mandaluyong: Shaw Boulevard, Boni Avenue
- Pasig: C. Raymundo Avenue, Medical City Bus Stop
- Las Piñas: Alabang Zapote Road, Marcos Alvarez Avenue
- Makati: Pasong Tamo, JP Rizal, and strategic areas in Magallanes Village
- Taguig: Lawton Avenue, Philippine Army, McKinley Road, and Forbes Park
- Paranaque: East Service Road, Dona Soledad Avenue, Dr. A. Santos Avenue
- Strategic areas along SLEX [South Luzon Expressway] and NLEX [North Luzon Expressway]
The areas where 5G signal became available first are the central business districts of Bonifacio Global City, Makati, Rockwell Center, and Ortigas, as well as in strategic areas along EDSA and C5.
As we wrote in an earlier article, the latest-generation wireless-internet connectivity after 4G boasts insanely fast data speeds, much lower latency, and more stable internet connections.
To be able to experience 5G’s benefits, you need to have a 5G-ready smartphone — and Globe already offers many. Plus there’s no need to buy another SIM card if you already have a Globe or TM LTE one; it has been future-proofed to automatically work with 5G and receive 5G signal where it’s available.
Globe explains its “aggression on 5G rollout is part of its three-pronged strategy for network upgrades and expansion, which includes aggressive cell-site builds; upgrading its cell sites to 4G/LTE using different frequencies; and fast-tracking the fiberization of Filipino homes nationwide.”
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