Globe said aggressive network expansion and accelerated rollout of 5G connectivity continue to help improve digital quality of life (DQL) in the Philippines.
In the third annual DQL index by virtual private network (VPN) service provider Surfshark, the Philippines fell from 66th place last year to 48th place in 2021 out of 110 countries surveyed. The Philippines ranked 12th out of 32 Asian countries ahead of Indonesia (72nd overall), Vietnam (73rd), Laos (102nd) and Cambodia (108th).
Surfshark’s DQL index covers five key areas, namely Internet quality, Internet accessibility, e-security, e-infrastructure and e-government. The Philippines scored highly in terms of Internet quality (20th overall) and electronic security (30th overall). It also ranked first in improving mobile speed and improving broadband speed in the DQL survey.
“The significant jump in the country’s DQL ranking is good news and confirms Globe’s accelerated upgrade and expansion efforts to expand network coverage, increase connectivity speeds and introduce first-world technologies. We aim to maintain this momentum and do more to give Filipinos a better and more meaningful digital life amid this pandemic, ”said Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe.
To date, the company has over 1,800 5G locations across the country covering major cities and population centers, namely the National Capital Region, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Boracay, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos . Zamboanga will soon be covered with 5G cell sites. Other Globe 5G sites will be brought into continuous service in the months and years to come.
With speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, 5G technology offers the fastest connectivity and download speeds, ultra-low latency, higher bandwidth, superior network reliability and the ability to connect to more devices.
The improved performance and increased efficiency of 5G technology enables new user experiences and capabilities. It enables cutting-edge technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), advanced computing and artificial intelligence (AI), industrial IoT, immersive learning, among others. It is also expected to have a positive impact on many sectors, including manufacturing, transportation, logistics, healthcare, agriculture and education.
In addition to 5G, Globe is stepping up its site installations. In June 2021, Globe built 641 new towers while 8,175 mobile sites were upgraded. It has also completed one million fiber lines as demand for fixed Internet continues to increase. This will allow subscribers to access faster internet speeds and deliver higher quality videos and webinars.
Globe said accelerated network deployments using 5G and fiber technologies are starting to pay off. Average fixed broadband download speeds in June 2021 nearly tripled to 66.55 Mbps, compared to just 25.34 Mbps in August 2020. At the same time, average mobile download speeds more than doubled to 16.44 Mbps at 32.84 Mbps over the same period.
According to the Benchmarking the 5G Experience-Asia Pacific June 2021 report by Opensignal, the Philippines’ 5G download speed is now 141 Mbps, which is one of the fastest in the region. The Philippines is among the top countries in Asia-Pacific, ranking 6th for download speed and maximum upload speed. It also ranked 8th in 5G download speed.
“The positive results of these regional and global third-party studies inspire us to do better. Our connectivity improvements allow more Filipinos to solve their daily problems, thrive in the new normal, and actively participate in the digital economy. We are definitely on the right track, ”added Cu.
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular United Nations SDG 9, emphasizing the role of infrastructure and innovation as essential engines of economic growth and development. The company is committed to contributing to 10 United Nations SDGs.
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