Globe: Metro Manila now 80% 5G

Published January 21, 2021, 10:07 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Most of Metro Manila, 80 percent total, now has 5th Generation (5G) outdoor coverage, Globe Telecom Inc. today (Jan. 21) announced.

Both Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas Commercial Business Districts (CBDs) already have 97 per cent 5G coverage while Makati has 95 per cent.

The top nine cities with the most 5G outdoor coverage include San Juan (91%), Pateros (91%), Mandaluyong (86%), Makati (84%), Caloocan (84%), Manila (83%), Marikina (83%), Pasig (81%), and Quezon City.

In all, the telco upgraded 884 locations in Metro Manila into 5G-ready sites and is installing more 5G sites nationwide.

“With our aggressive roll outs, our network is getting closer to making the whole of Metro Manila 5G ready,” according to Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

“We continue to invest on our network so customers can experience the most advanced technologies like 5G,” he explained.

“Ultimately, our goal is to make the 5G experience as pervasive as possible.”

Globe is also boosting 5G readiness in other key cities such as Cebu and Davao.

Todate, Cebu has 61% 5G coverage and Davao has 60%.

This year, Globe earmarked a capex of P70-billion, the bulk of which is for network expansion in key locations across the country.

Globe targets to install 2,000 new cell towers and will increase its fiber rollouts to connect more Filipino homes.

Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, noted Globe’s regional mobile Consistency Score™ improved from the previous quarter in 16 out of 17 regions, registering increases of 10 PPTs (percentage points), with Consistency Scores ranging from 39% and 65% in Q4 2020.

Ookla®’s quarterly data shows that Globe’s overall Consistency Score in Q4 2020 improved to 60.82% from 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 customers, especially those using the old 3G SIM cards, to upgrade to 5G-ready 4G LTE SIM cards and 5G-enabled mobile devices to experience 5G.