Globe network to completely shift to 3G, 4G technology


04:02 AM March 20th, 2012


MANILA, Philippines—Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. has launched a pilot program to replace all old mobile network equipment in Davao City with new third and fourth generation (3G and 4G) technology.

The switch is in line with the company’s efforts to modernize its network by expanding capacity and improving reliability for its subscribers.

The change, however, will leave all old mobile phones, that run on second-generation (2G), obsolete on Globe’s network.

“The network modernization program, touted as the most significant investment of Globe in the last two decades, includes an all-IP infrastructure, pervasive 3G coverage, double fiber optics capacity, 4G and LTE readiness, and overall quality and resiliency,” Globe said in a statement.

Globe said its customers could look forward to vastly improved call quality under pervasive 3G coverage, rare dropped calls, and instantaneous text message delivery as well as enjoy “blazingly fast” mobile internet access.

“This is an unprecedented undertaking which will set the industry benchmark for the most technologically advanced network that radically enhances customer experience, dramatically increases capacity, and effectively manages cost,” Globe president and CEO Ernest L. Cu said.

He said the company has been preparing its network to meet the current and future demands of the market using new cost-efficient and planet-friendly technologies.

The initiative, dubbed as the “Davao Pilot Project,” is part of Globe’s nationwide network modernization worth $790 million. This is being done in partnership with China’s Huawei International and Paris-based Alcatel Lucent.

Globe’s rival Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is currently undergoing its own network improvements. PLDT’s two year program costs P67 billion.

Despite being outspent two-to-one, Globe said its own network modernization would be on a larger scale and would allow it to overtake its rivals in terms of service coverage and quality.

“Several companies claim to undergo transformation but have never done it in a scale such as this one,” Cu said.

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  • Shirley Siazon Picones

    just want to ask what is the plan ng globe which is pwedeng lagyan ng cctv ang lahat ng store branches which is connected to the main office so u can always monitor your employee??

  • g k

    What?!!! They would abandon those ‘2G only’ subscribers – who actually make up the bulk of their subscribers – which in turn gives them the revenue ????

  • J.Joms

    I think telcos should not shut down the 2G network because 3G has lot of drawbacks..especially 3G lessens battery life of the handsets and in depth signal strength 2G frequency can stand better than 3G at most cases…and lastly 3G handsets are expensive that majority of Filipinos are not capable of purchasing such handsets.

  • Mux

    So that means I can’t use my Nokia 3310 anymore? :( 

  • Bisaya_Man

    He he he… Globe 3G speed is similar to dial up. That means ang 4G nila ay malamang kapareha sa GPRS. Dapat nga yong capacity at connectivity sa Globe muna ang i-enhance

  • Jao Romero

    3G and 4G in name only. ang speed at carrying capacity is still the same.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    even if you have the most sophisticated network and yet your network is very unreliable… its still useless.

  • kismaytami

    So kung 3x much a day lang kami nakatatanggap ng mga SPAM message from Globe before. Now eh, 4x much a day na!

    • MaySenseBa

      I reply back 50x to the spammers, imagine if just 10 of us reply back that much, sira na phone nila!

      • kismaytami

        I don’t think so, these spammers don’t use ordinary handsets like we do. Instead, they use computers and simply send their spam messages to network’s servers. These spammers exist because networks like Globe bill them and earn from them, while exposing us, subscribers in these annoying activities.

      • MaySenseBa

        Don’t overestimate the resources of these spammers.  Kaya nga sila nag spa spam eh, they can’t afford legitimate databases.  And they have another number or ask for replies to the same number for the business that they are peddling. 

        Believe me.  It works.  Sorry ng sorry sa akin.

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