Globe is currently piloting Narrow Band- Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology while enhanc-ing its mobile data services. Due to its inherent advantage of long reach, this spectrum is ideal to support NB-IoT services. NB-IoT is one of the three 3GPP standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) technologies developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services. NB-IoT, as a standard, is more developed as compared to other defined 3GPP standards. Globe and Huawei are collaborating in this journey, ensuring network readiness to support these ser-vices.
The Globe network has one of the largest deployment of Massive MIMO (MM) in Asia as part of its strategic technology roadmap since 2016. MM is the fundamental radio access technolo-gy for 5G.
Globe has been spending over 31% of its annual total revenues to upgrade and expand its tele-communication and IT infrastructure. For years, Globe has been ramping up its capital spend from P21.1 billion in 2012 to P36.7 billion in 2016 and P42.5 billion in 2017, in order to provide its subscribers of better broadband services. Globe recently disclosed that it will further accel-erate its capital spend to over P43.5 billion this year.
Back in November 2015, Globe extended its partnership with Huawei, signing a five-year con-tract involving the planning and design of a wireless broadband network, as well as the creation of a wireless innovation center. Huawei was also the technology partner of Globe when it im-plemented a $700-million network modernization program that began in 2011.
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