Philippine 4G pioneer Globe Telecom announces its fourth generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) network for broadband and mobile. The launch of LTE forms part of its US$700-Million network modernization program.
Globe was first to introduce 4G technology in the Philippines in 2009, with the deployment of its Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax) network. Last year, Globe was also first to launch 4G Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) network. This year, 4G gets even better with LTE.
In September, Globe launches its 4G LTE network covering 45 sites in Makati City, and will quickly expand to cover regions across Manila, Cebu, Davao and select regions. To date, Globe has over 2,700 4G sites, that will increase to over 4,000 sites by end 2012.
By the fourth quarter of 2012, 4G LTE-capable devices will be available. Be among the first to receive news of available 4G LTE devices and offers by registering your interest here.
With LTE technology, Tattoo will feature the latest devices and a lightning fast broadband connection of up to 42 Mbps. More importantly, subscribers will get an exceptional browsing experience that can keep up with their active lifestyle and browsing needs. Tattoo LTE is more than just about faster broadband service. Tattoo understands that customers seek for the best and deserve the best. In line with this, expect best-in-class customer service.
Through the network transformation, Globe and Tattoo are focused on improving the experience of their customers - faster, more reliable and better quality.
As early as 2010, Globe started to conduct LTE tests as part of a series of LTE trials spearheaded by its parent company SingTel for Asian telco markets. Rolling out an LTE network has become more relevant today in light of our ongoing network modernization program and the upcoming availability of LTE handsets, devices, and broadband dongles.
2. Is your LTE rollout part of your network modernization program?
Yes, the LTE rollout program for 2012 forms part of the company's US$700-million network transformation program, which will give subscribers better experience in broadband and data services.
3. What kind of LTE network will Globe roll out?
Globe will be launching two (2) LTE networks that will cater to broadband and mobile data services.
4. When is Globe rolling these out?
Globe will roll out its LTE network by September 2012. Its LTE mobile network will be fired up starting 4th quarter of 2012.
5. What areas will benefit from the LTE rollout?
The first batch of LTE deployment will cover 45 sites in Makati, but will expand quickly to cover three of Manila's biggest cities and select nearby regions.
6. Why is the initial rollout focused in Makati? What about the other cities and provinces?
Focus will be on large, contiguous areas, instead of "pocket activations" and "hot spots" to ensure greater and more stable coverage for customers. Makati City is touted as the premier business district, with large corporations benefitting from the upgraded network experience. Rollout for other cities and provinces will immediately follow after initial deployment in Makati.
7. When will devices be available?
Internet dongles, devices, and unlimited broadband plans running at speeds of up to 42 mbps will be available very soon.