Globe Telecom announced that their network is 100% HSPA+ coverage. This will provide their 42 Million subscribers faster and more reliable internet service. The local Telco is the first mobile network in the country to fully equip all its cellsites with 3G technology.
“The Globe 4G HSPA+ network extends the company’s ability, as a telecommunications provider, to adequately serve high data usage of customers amid proliferation of bandwidth-intensive applications and growing preference for smartphones and other mobile devices,” Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said. Currently, Globe is focused on expanding its faster LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. With its partnership to Alcatel Lucent, Globe will be expanding its LTE coverage in Visayas and Mindanao.
We are loyal Globe subscribers for 11 long years now and we’ve experienced Globe’s ups and downs when it comes to their network’s reliability. It kinda hard to believe that Globe has 100% 4G because there are still subscribers complaining about the Telco’s slow internet service in many areas even in Metro Manila.
In our case, we usually hang out in Ortigas Center particularly in Robinsons Galleria and SM Megamall. There are areas in these malls that our phone switches to 2G/EDGE and can’t even post a picture on Instagram or check our Twitter feeds. Same case when we go to SM North Edsa. Globe is surprisingly fast in areas like Bonifacio Global City and Makati Central Business District. Obviously these are areas developed by Ayala Land, Globe’s sister company. Even in Ayala Malls, Globe’s LTE and HSPA+ coverage is superb for obvious reasons.
Another thing, having “100% 4G coverage” is quite deceiving too. You see, Globe considers HSPA+ as 4G but in reality it is not. The real 4G or 4th Generation of mobile communications is LTE (Long Term Evolution). We’ve read Yugatech‘s opinion about the matter and we do agree with their point.
But we do admit that Globe’s internet is generally fast especially its HSPA+ connection which is even faster than Smart’s HSPA+ in many areas. LTE supremacy still belongs to Smart. We’ve seen Smart’s LTE in action and has really improved after the Telco has added additional cellsites for its LTE coverage.
Bottomline here is despite both networks efforts to improve their coverage, our country still has one of the slowest internet speeds in Southeast Asia which is kinda disappointing.
Any thoughts about this matter?