Globe Innove to launch WiMax Service in 2008
Got this from a reliable source and the scoop was Innove is partnering with Intel Philippines to roll out a commercial WiMax service this April 2008.
Remember the recent development about WiMax being categorized as a 3G? That means that current telcos having license for 3G can also do WiMax (once the NTC follows the ITU recommendation which they usually do.)
On the other hand, while PLDT Smart is banking the future of the country’s broadband with UMT/HSDPA, Globe’s move to the WiMax will be a welcome development. Intel has been testing WiMax in the Cavite area (Gen. Trias) for a couple of years now so I guess they felt it’s high time to go commercial with this.
Also note that the NBN deal is not yet done and over with. While the agreement with China’s ZTE has been severed, that does not mean that the Philippine Government will not pursue this domestically. If and when they revive the issue, local telcos like Smart and Globe will be at the door with their proposals. Since the ZTE proposal was based on WiMax technology, Globe’s entrance into this field might give them the edge to snatch the NBN deal.
In any case, the introduction of WiMax service will be a great addition to the existing broadband services in the country.