Globe claims 700,000 customers were using 5G devices as of the end of May,  with a double-digit increase

Across the two months covering April and May, Globe’s continued efforts to make 5G technology available and accessible in the country resulted in more consumers using 5G devices.

According to the most recent data from the firm, over 560,000 consumers were using 5G devices in March. By the end of May, the number had risen to 700,000, representing a 12.9 percent increase from 620,000 in April. In the last two months, the number of devices has increased by an average of 11.8 percent.

“We are expecting the rise in numbers as we make the 5G technology more pervasive in key locations not only in Metro Manila but in highly-urbanized cities in Visayas and Mindanao. The entry of affordable 5G-capable mobile devices has also made it possible for more people to use the technology. We will make our 5G presence more felt in Visayas and Mindanao in the coming months,”  said Joel Agustin, Globe SVP for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.

Globe currently has 5G outdoor service in at least 88 percent of the National Capital Region, with the maximum coverage of 97 percent in Bonifacio Global City CBD and Ortigas CBD, respectively. Pateros is fourth with 92 percent coverage, while Makati CBD is third with 96 percent coverage. Globe’s 5G network is also operational in at least 82 percent of Metro Manila’s cities.

5G service is already available in 81% of Cebu City, 68% of Boracay Island, 67% of Bacolod City, and 53% of Iloilo City. 5G is already available in 73 percent of Davao City and 72 percent of Cagayan De Oro City in Mindanao. In addition, six new 5G cell towers are being built in General Santos.

Globe’s rapid network expansion and upgrade to 4G LTE, and 5G has led to better service users across the country.

The Philippines’ 5G download speed is now at 141 Mbps1, which is among the fastest in the Asia Pacific, according to Opensignal’s Benchmarking the 5G Experience-Asia Pacific June 2021 study.

The download speed is higher than that of Hong Kong, 134.8 Mbps, and Thailand, which is 122.5 Mbps. Furthermore, the country’s peak download speed can reach 426.2 Mbps, faster than Thailand and Hong Kong. On 5G, PH sees a 10.4-fold increase in download speed compared to 4G.

Opensignal is a mobile analytics firm that focuses on “quantifying the mobile network experience.”

Source: Globe Newsroom

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