Globe 5G data traffic surges 24 times in Feb

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    Globe Telecom Inc. noted a significant increase in data traffic on its fifth generation (5G) network last month versus September last year, driven by the continued expansion of its 5G network.

    In a statement, Globe said the data traffic was up 24 times to 416.76 terabytes in February 2021 from September 2020.

    Globe’s 5G coverage is present in 960 locations in the National Capital Region covering 82 percent of Metro Manila, and 240 areas in Visayas and Mindanao, as of February this year.

    Sustained fire ups and boosting of 5G sites, as well as availability of affordable devices for customers to get better data experience, have contributed to the rise of this technology, the telco said.

    According to Opensignal’s latest report on 5G, the Philippines led the rest of the world in improvements in 5G technology compared to 4G when it comes to video experience with a 40 percent score.

    The country bested Thailand which placed second to the Philippines, posting a 29 percent boost, while Hong Kong showed an improvement of 14 percent.

    The country has also overtaken countries like Australia and Hong Kong, ranking second in 5G download speed improvement with 10.1 times increase versus 4G at 117.2 megabits per second.

    Globe is the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to commercially launch 5G AirFiber for Home use in 2019. Subsequently, the telco launched its 5G for mobile in 2020.