Globe’s 5G coverage in Metro Manila now in 80%
Globe has recently announced that its 5G outdoor coverage is now at 80% in Metro Manila.
The latest initiative results from Globe’s desire to modernize its network, which allows its customers to experience faster and reliable service.
The telco has upgraded 884 locations in Metro Manila into 5G-ready sites, making the 5G service available to more subscribers. It will continue to install more 5G-ready sites all over the country.
Bonifacio Global City, Makati, and Ortigas Commercial Business Districts (CBDs) are nearing completion with coverage of 97%, 95%, and 97%, respectively. Other top nine Metro Manila cities with 5G coverage are San Juan (91%), Pateros (91%), Mandaluyong (86%), Makati (84%), Caloocan (84%), Manila (83%), Marikina (83%), Pasig (81%), and Quezon City.
“We continue to invest in our network, so our customers get to experience the many promises and opportunities of the most advanced technologies like 5G. With our aggressive rollouts, our network is getting closer to making the whole of Metro Manila 5G ready. Ultimately, our goal is to make the 5G experience as pervasive as possible,” said Ernest Cu, President, and CEO, Globe Telecom.
Efforts outside Metro Manila are also being made to boost Globe’s 5G network in other key cities in the Philippines. Currently, Cebu has about 61% of 5G coverage while Davao is 60%.
Globe has reached a CAPEX of PHP 70-billion this year, mostly allocated for network expansion in key locations across the country. In 2021, Globe targets installing 2,000 new cell towers and will increase its fiber rollouts to connect more Filipino homes.
According to the latest consistency report of Ookla, the telco’s aggressive builds have resulted in a better call, SMS, and data experience to its customers nationwide in the recent weeks. The report says that the regional mobile Consistency Score improved from the previous quarter in 16 out of 17 regions. Recording increases to 10 PPTs (percentage points), with Consistency Scores ranging from 39% and 65% in Q4 2020. This improved Globe’s overall Consistency Score in Q4 2020 to 60.82% compared to Q3’s 56.83%.
Mobile Consistency Score measures the number of incidences (viewed as a percentage) of a provider’s samples equal or exceeds both a download threshold of 5 Mbps and an upload threshold of 1 Mbps.
Globe is encouraging its customers, especially those using the old 3G SIM cards, to upgrade to 5G-ready 4G LTE SIM cards and affordable 5G-ready smartphones.
SIM change is free at any Globe Stores, and customers will retain their old number. For security reasons, customers are advised to upgrade their SIM at the Globe Store only.