Globe Telecom deploys LTE-A 4CC spectrum aggregation in PH
Globe Telecom has announced that it became the first telecommunications operator in the Philippines to commercially deploy LTE-Advanced 4 component carrier (4CC) spectrum aggregation using the 2600MHz band.
According to Globe, the 4CC technology allows the telco to double the LTE capacity in areas covered by the deployment. It uses 4 distinctly separate blocks of the 2600 MHz spectrum that are aggregated by LTE-Advanced eNode B equipment to deliver faster internet speeds. It can be compared to increasing the number of lanes in a highway from 2 lanes (in the case of 2CC) to 4 lanes, thereby allowing for faster internet services. Globe says that the 4-layer spectrum can generate speeds of up to 400 Mbps.
“This is the first time that a telco operator in the Philippines is making use of this 4-component carrier spectrum LTE-Advanced technology and we are maximizing the potential of the new spectrum assigned to us for the benefit of our customers. This technology milestone significantly improves customer experience as smartphone penetration in the country continues to increase,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group.
So far, Globe has already deployed the technology in 110 sites mostly in Metro Manila, Agustin said. According to him, initial deployment covers most areas in Makati and certain areas in Quezon City, Marikina, Antipolo and San Mateo. It plans to roll out the technology in more than 500 sites this year, including key areas in North Luzon and South Luzon to increase data and in preparation for the availability of 4CC compatible devices.