MANILA—Globe Telecom has commercially deployed its Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced 4 component carrier aggregation (4 CC) technology which utilizes the 2600 megahertz (MHz) frequency band to deliver high speed wireless Internet in the country.
Globe expects the technology would enable the expansion of LTE coverage for its customers.
Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, bared the availability of the new spectrum allocation in the 2600 MHz band following its acquisition of San Miguel Corporation’s telco assets last year.
“This is the first time that a telco operator in the Philippines is making use of this 4 component carrier spectrum LTE Advanced technology and we are maximizing the potential of the new spectrum assigned to us for the benefit of our customers. This technology milestone significantly improves customer experience as smartphone penetration continues to increase,” according to Agustin.
The 4CC technology uses 4 distinctly separate blocks of the 2600 MHz spectrum that is aggregated by LTE-Advanced eNode B equipment to deliver faster internet speeds. This technology can be compared to increasing the number of lanes in a highway from 2 lanes (in the case of 2CC) to 4 lanes, thereby allowing for faster internet services.
Globe has already deployed the technology in 110 sites mostly in Metro Manila. The initial deployment covers most areas in Makati and certain areas in Quezon City, Marikina, Antipolo and San Mateo.
This year, the company plans to roll out the technology in more than 500 sites, he said. Globe also plans to deploy the 4CC LTE-Advanced technology using 2600 MHz in key areas in North Luzon and South Luzon to increase data and in preparation for the availability of 4CC compatible devices.
In June last year, Globe began utilizing its additional allocation in the 2600 MHz as the company ramps up effort to provide better mobile internet experience for its customers.
To date, Globe has deployed around 2600 LTE sites in about 1,200 mostly in Visayas and Mindanao, providing additional capacity and improving Internet experience of its customers.