Globe rolls out HSPA+, LTE delayed til 2012
In a press conference earlier today, Globe demonstrated their upgraded mobile internet service using the HSPA+ network which promises to offer an average 4Mbps to 6Mbps to mobile handsets (saw it burst up to 16.4Mbps).
Globe demonstrated that their HSPA+ network can do double-digit megabit/second speeds at optimal conditions.
Here’s a screenshot of a live download (P2P) being monitored and showing an average of 14.5Mbps (1.8MB/s) thoroughput. The video clip is uploaded on YouTube showing several movie downloads, with one file going down at around 250KB/s.
When asked is the same maximum speeds will be offered to customers, Globe executives tell us this will be revealed in due time (this May) although it seems pretty obvious people will be getting the 4-6Mbps for theirs subscriptions. Not very impressive considering they’re already promising “up to” 3Mbps on their current 3G/3.5G network.
Starting next month, Globe will also be offering applications, services, handsets and other devices that will fully utilize their HSPA+ network. One reliable source tells me Globe will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S2, exclusive to their network (same thing they did with the first SGS).
As for LTE, Globe is still mum about it although their release states it won’t be out until 2012 (although they’ve already tested LTE back in November 2010). In related news, Smart been doing public demos of their LTE network starting last Holy Week.