Globe advises subscribers to shift to faster LTE network
Through a press release, Globe Telecom encourages its subscribers to upgrade to LTE-enabled devices and LTE SIM cards for a better internet experience.
Since the local telcos, Globe and PLDT/Smart, took control of the prized 700MHz band from San Miguel, both are investing higher to utilize the said frequency. Also, more and more Filipinos are consuming content on mobile hence the much-needed upgrade of telecommunication infrastructures.
Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, pointed out that there’s still a significant number of users that are serviced by Globe’s 3G network. He then added an advisory for these customers to shift to the faster LTE network. Of course, LTE-capable handsets and LTE SIM cards are crucial for this, which may not be easily accessible to some consumers due to budget concerns.
If we are to based on the recent report by OpenSignal, Globe leads the 4G/LTE coverage in the Philippines at 55.25%. Furthermore, speed tests show that the average 4G/LTE speed of the telco sits at 7.42 Mbps while 3G speed averages at just 2.24Mbps.
To date, there are almost 800 LTE sites the uses the 700MHz band wherein majority are found in Metro Manila and other highly-populated areas. We have an extensive list of 700MHz capable devices that you may check out to know if your phone supports the latest LTE band in the country.
If you plan to buy a new device, if possible, get an LTE-capable handset. There are already a number of affordable phones with LTE radios even from local OEMs. It’ll be a worthy investment.