More and more Filipinos have embraced the digital lifestyle using connectivity for work, education, recreation, health, socialization, banking and online shopping. Ongoing network upgrades to 4G LTE, coupled with efforts to expand 5G in the country, are helping drive mobile data adoption by bringing internet access to more people.
In Globe’s case, mobile data already accounted for 73% of its mobile revenue in the first half of 2021, up from 69% in the same period last year. Likewise, the company’s total mobile subscriber base grew 2% to 81.7 million.
Globe said the figures are consistent with the recent study conducted by GlobalData, a leading UK data and analytics company, which said total mobile revenue in the Philippines would reach $ 5.4 billion by 2026, up from $ 4.1 billion. dollars expected this year. This represents a cumulative annual growth rate of 5.6% over the next five years due to the increasing adoption of mobile data.
“4G subscriptions will overtake 3G in 2021, thanks to the ongoing expansions of the 4G / LTE network and the increased availability of 4G compatible smartphones,” said Harika Damidi, telecommunications analyst at GlobalData.
4G LTE offers higher bandwidth and improved network responsiveness than 3G, which means lower latency, higher network capacity, backward compatibility and durability. On the flip side, 5G even offers faster connectivity and download speeds than 4G. It also offers ultra-low latency, higher bandwidth, higher network reliability, and the ability to connect to more devices.
“These latest findings align with our efforts to bring first-world connectivity to more Filipinos to further enrich their digital lifestyle. We anticipate that this rapid digitization will continue beyond this pandemic period, hence our continued efforts to increase our 4G LTE footprint and expand our 5G network, ”said Darius Delgado, Globe Head of Consumer Mobile Business.
To ensure network consistency for its customers, Globe continuously invests in its network to transport the most advanced technologies such as 4G LTE and 5G. For the first half of 2021, it installed at least 641 new cell phone towers in strategic locations across the country and upgraded 8,175 mobile sites to 4G LTE. At the same time, it has built 1,906 5G sites across the country by the end of September and has installed over a million broadband lines to date.
According to the same study, 5G services are expected to represent 22.5% of total mobile subscriptions by the end of 2026 in the Philippines. 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 and immersive learning.
“We are on the cusp of a revolution that will build a more connected nation, creating substantial economic value while improving quality of life across demographics. Advanced connectivity is the great equalizer, and we are proud to bring 4G and 5G technologies within the reach of every Filipino, ”said Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe.
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 9, which emphasizes the roles of infrastructure and innovation as essential engines of economic growth and development. It is committed to respecting the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and to contributing to the 10 United Nations SDGs.
To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.