You might start seeing this ad in all national news papers tomorrow because tomorrow, April 18, marks the official date of Globe’s launch of the first 4G network in the country today. In a post from Globe Telecom’s official blog, Globe says that it will start providing its subscribers with high speed broadband access through the expansion of its 4G infrastructure. Globe is the first carrier in the country to commercially offer 4G mobile technology. After this announcement, Globe is expected to start offering HSPA+ or Evolved High-Speed Packet Access service to its subscribers.
HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) is a 4G wireless, mobile, high speed broadband technology that allows for peak theoretical download speeds of up to 21Mbps (with upgradeability for 84Mbs when using more advance equipments). Though 21 Mbps is the ideal maximum attainable speed as per infrastructure specification, Globe only promises to provide its subscribers with 4-6 Mbps speed.
Smart, the leading cellular service provider in the country and Globe’s direct competitor, after Globe’s announcement, leaked their plans of rolling out LTE, another 4G technology, in the coming weeks.
With both major players in the Philippine telecommunications industry now starting to roll out 4G to its individual consumers, a lot of exciting services that can operate at 4G speeds are expected to come out in the coming months. High speed internet access, live video streaming, videos on demand, internet television are just among the things we can look forward to.