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Globe aims to boost PH competitiveness by accelerating 5G adoption

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In a press statement, local telco giant Globe today shared that it will accelerate 5G adoption to boost PH competitiveness.
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The 5G pioneer in the region said that the company is focused on expanding 5G adoption among consumers for the Philippines to increase its competitiveness in the region.

According to the telco, "we need to accelerate 5G adoption and use in the country so we can catch up and compete with our regional peers".

There is also a YouGov report titled International Telco Report 2021: Consumer Adoption of 5G, Asia-Pacific countries lead the way in 5G adoption and use.

The report covered 18,803 respondents in 17 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Philippines is included among the 61 countries globally to have commercial 5G access.

It shows that China leads the way with 55 percent of consumers owning a 5G-enabled device followed by the United Arab Emirates (48 percent), Hong Kong (34 percent), Indonesia (33 percent) India (32 percent), and Singapore (26 percent).

Other countries like France, Germany, Australia, and United States have less 5G enabled devices than Asian countries.

Because of 5G with speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, its users could enjoy faster connectivity and download speeds, ultra-low latency, greater bandwidth, superior network reliability, and ability to connect to more devices.

Globe notes that this tech is the great equalizer.

5G connectivity is the great equalizer since it will make businesses, big and small, more efficient. It also allows Filipinos to access information, do transactions, learn and enrich their digital lifestyle at lightning speeds. With 5G, technology applications that were once in the realm of make believe— are now a reality, said Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe Chief Commercial Officer.

5G also improved performance and enhanced efficiency empower new user experiences and capabilities. For example, it enables frontier technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Edge Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industrial IoT, immersive learning, among many others.

This new tech is also expected to positively impact many sectors including manufacturing, transportation, logistics, healthcare, agriculture, and education. Globe aims to enable these innovations as it expands its 5G network.

These are just some of the reasons why having an accelerated 5G adoption could help boost the competitiveness of the Philippines in general.

According to Globe, they now have over 1,800 5G locations nationwide covering major cities and population centers namely the National Capital Region, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Boracay, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos.

Zamboanga in particular will also be covered with 5G cell sites soon. In the coming months and years, more Globe 5G sites will continuously go onstream.

To date, the company has over 1,800 5G locations in the country covering  Zamboanga will soon be covered with 5G cell sites. More Globe 5G sites will continuously go onstream in the coming months and years.

Due to these early efforts, Globe is among the top 30 operators globally for 5G Global Impact based on Opensignal's 5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021.

The report said that users saw a marked improvement or uplift in mobile experience with 5G compared to 4G across all four measurements (Download Speed, Upload Speed, Games Experience, and Video Experience).

Globe also reported that there were 860,000+ customers on 5G devices as of July 2021. The company is also expecting sustained double-digit growth in the next few years.

To further push the use of 5G, Globe has been offering FREE SIM 4G LTE/5G so customers can upgrade to the latest network technologies. It has also made available more affordable 5G-enabled phones.

Just this year, Globe set a capex of PHP 76 billion, most will be used for data network builds
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