Globe Telecom said Tuesday it deployed 252 5G-ready cell sites in Mindanao as part of its commitment to deliver a first-world network nationwide.
Globe’s scaled-up deployment of 5G wireless technology across the country yielded 933 cell sites in the first half of 2022.
Globe’s 5G network has reached 85.8 percent of key cities in Visayas and Mindanao and 96.6 percent in the National Capital Region in terms of 5G outdoor coverage as of end-June.
Data showed a steady hike in 5G usage in Mindanao, particularly Davao City, which almost tripled in June from January figures. Hefty increases were also registered by Cagayan de Oro and the town of Libona in June.
Globe booked a 73.4-percent increase in 5G data traffic nationwide from January to June this year.
“We continue to invest in the latest mobile technologies like 5G as part of our commitment to bring better mobile experiences that can uplift the lives of our customers no matter where they are in the country,” said Globe consumer mobile business head Darius Delgado.
Globe spent more than half or P50.5 billion of its P89-billion capital expenditure budget this year to build new cell sites, upgrade existing sites to 4G/LTE, accelerate the rollout of 5G connectivity and ramp up the fiberization of Filipino homes nationwide
The number of devices serviced by Globe’s 5G network has increased by 52.6 percent to 2.7 million as of end-June from 1.62 million in January.
Globe 5G had fiber-fast download speeds of up to 156.84 Mbps nationwide and even higher in Metro Manila at 167.63 Mbps on average as of May this year. These speeds peak at 342.7 Mbps nationwide, and 347.2 Mbps in the capital region.