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Globe vows to speed up Philippine internet speeds

Globe Telecom Inc. said it is committed to improve internet speeds and the overall quality of experience of internet services amid the better connections in the country. 

According to Speedtest Global Index Report by Ookla for April 2018, fixed broadband download speeds increased dramatically by 403 percent to 17.62Mbps as of April 2018 from 3.5Mbps in 2014.  

For mobile, the average download speeds in the Philippines continued to improve from May 2017 to April 2018, citing an Open Signal data. 

Globe kept its position of having the widest 4G availability as its users were able to find its 4G connections 67.5  percent of the time, the report read.

“These consistent reports from Ookla and other crowdsourcing speed tests showed that our high network investments have started to pay off. We were able to improve our internet services by efficiently using our spectrum assets and improving our network continuously,” Globe senior vice president Joel Agustin said in a statement.

Globe Telecom is allotting $850 million to $900 million every year until 2020 for capital expenditures in a bid to upgrade its network for the fast-growing data business. 

Globe already spent around P6.6 billion in the first three months of 2018 to expand its network and support the growing subscriber base and demand for data.

In terms of wired broadband facilities, Globe deployed fiber broadband in 12 cities in Metro Manila as well as in 19 provinces nationwide. Majority of the company’s fiber build are located in Quezon City, Sta. Rosa and Calamba in Laguna, as well as in Cebu and Davao.

Globe continues to deploy VDSL in 16 cities in Metro Manila and in 18 areas that include Bulacan, Cavite, Baguio, Cavite, Cebu and Davao City. VDSL technology provides high-speed broadband service up to 200 Mbps using existing copper footprint.

Topics: Globe Telecom Inc , Ookla , Speedtest Global Index Report , Joel Agustin
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