Nokia expands 5G footprint in the Philippines
Nokia has reached a three-year deal with Globe Telecom to upgrade the latter’s existing 4G network and expand the geographical reach of its 5G network at over 1,000 sites in the Philippines.
This is following Nokia’s collaborations last year with various Filipino partners, including Smart Telecommunications to launch Internet of Things (IoT) services and Equinix to bring next-generation edge architectures to the country.
As Nokia is an existing partner of Globe Telecom, the 5G project will begin as early as Q2 2021 in the second and third largest islands of the Philippines and is expected to complete in 2023, offering customers superior network speeds, capacity, and lower latencies while reducing complexity.
“It’s exciting to be part of this project to deliver 5G services to citizens across the Philippines and see our industry-leading 5G RAN solutions underpin the network,” said Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia.
After Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) services, its cloud-native, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that enables a smooth upgrade to 5G has been adopting in the country since last October, the deployment of the current 5G project includes the provision of equipment and services from Nokia’s comprehensive 5G AirScale portfolio to build out the Radio Access Network (RAN), including base stations and other radio access products.
Globe Telecom will also use Nokia’s high-capacity AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solution to boost coverage and performance and NetAct solution for network management and seamless daily network operations.
“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Nokia to deliver compelling 5G experiences to our customers,” said Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe Telecom. “We are going full steam ahead in delivering 5G in more areas, as this technology brings us closer to our goal of providing #1stWorldNetwork in the Philippines.”
In the same month, Globe Telecom has also announced its collaboration with roaming ally and Thailand’s largest telecom operator, Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), to launch 5G roaming service in Thailand in an attempt to expand its cross-border offerings in key markets in Asia, Middle East, North America, and Europe.