Globe is gearing their network to support Internet of Things (IoT) services. By doing this the telco will now be able to make full use of all their 700MHz and other existing LTE spectrum assets.
Right now, Globe is working on introducing Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology. NB-IoT is a 3GPP standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) technology. The technology has long reach and range with mobile data services enhancement. Huawei and Nokia are joining globe in introducing NB-IoT locally.
Globe Telecom President & CEO Ernest Cu said.
“Given new business requirements in a highly digital environment, Globe is gearing up to deploy emerging IoT services relevant to various enterprises including the public sector. This is all part of our commitment to enable enterprises take advantage of the latest technological innovations, which is vital in driving economic competitiveness and growth in the country”
According to Globe, there are a number of IoT services the Philippines can use such as parking sensors, water meter reading, lighting control, garbage collection and flood control, among others.
This preparation would also be in line with Globe’s LTE and MIMO expansion, which the telco has been aggressively deploying. As of now, Globe already has 1,750 LTE sites across the country using the 700 MHz band.