Filipino and Thai telcos partner to bring 5G roaming
Published 25 February 2021
Globe Telecom, a major provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines, has announced its collaboration with roaming ally and Thailand’s largest telecom operator, Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), to launch 5G roaming service in Thailand this Monday (February 22).
The service is said to deliver “an ultra-fast and worry-free roaming experience” for users coming to this country amidst ever-increasing demand for better connectivity, which got accelerated by the pandemic.
“Although travelling may be challenging at the moment, we recognize that some Filipinos will find it necessary to leave the safety of their homes to fulfil important obligations abroad,” said KD Dizon, Globe’s Head for Consumer Mobile Business. “As such, they are assured of instant and seamless connectivity wherever they are with Globe’s 5G roaming service.”
Roaming is a popular telecommunications concept that 2G/3G/4G subscribers have already enjoyed in the past decade, allowing the subscribers to use their mobile services outside of the home networks or the service provider’s coverage area.
Using 5G-powered smartphones while travelling, Globe users can enjoy HD quality video calls and live streaming on social media with 5G’s ultra-fast speeds and uninterrupted connection within any 5G-ready areas in which cross-border operators agree to share accesses.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, Thailand is the first country in ASEAN launching 5G commercial services, followed by Vietnam and the Philippines, as opposed to analysts’ previous predictions of them lagging behind in the region. The 5G stand-alone service of AIS has reached all 77 Thai provinces since last August.
Currently, as Globe is working towards rolling out its 5G roaming services in more key markets in Asia, Middle East, North America, and Europe with the help of its roaming partners, Globe subscribers travelling overseas can enjoy the benefit of 5G network in various parts of the world in the near future.