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Globe wins Ookla® ’s Best 5G Video Experience Award in PH

The fruits of their investment are evident.

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Globe has bagged Ookla’s Best 5G Video Experience Award in the Philippines, proving that its customers are already reaping the fruits of the company’s massive network investment.

The Video Awards was launched by the network intelligence and connectivity insights global leader early this year based on local mobile networks’ performance in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

To compute the video score of the different mobile networks, Ookla weighed the sum of multiple video metrics. It includes the proportion of tests that failed to start, time to load the first frame of video playback, quality of video loaded, the proportion of users who experienced at least one stall in video loading or playback, and the rebuffering ratio of users who experienced a stall.

“This award shows the superior quality of experience for Globe’s 5G customers as we continue to build 5G where it matters. We are excited to harness the full potential of 5G. We believe that it will open many new opportunities to consumers, businesses, and the country as a whole as the technology matures,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President, and CEO.

At present, 5G is best known for providing higher-quality streaming experiences on mobile screens and better video streaming delivery due to faster connectivity speeds, ultra-low latency, and greater bandwidth. In the future, it is expected to enhance people’s experience as well as transform industries.

As of end-2021, Globe 5G is present in over 2,000 outdoor and in-building locations nationwide. It has outdoor coverage of 96% in the National Capital Region and 84% in key cities in Visayas and Mindanao.

This year, Globe commits to expanding its 5G footprint across the country while further improving the quality and consistency of experience.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, highlighting the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. It is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

To know more about Globe, click here.

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Globe At Home unveils WiFi-strong GFiber Unli Plans

For up to 150 Mbps for P1,699/month.

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Leading digital solutions company Globe continues to beef up its GFiber Unli plans to provide fast, reliable, and strong WiFi connections for the whole family. 

The company’s broadband arm, Globe At Home, has unveiled GFiber Unli Plan 1699 which offers up to 150 Mbps and a free entertainment content bundle for subscribers to indulge in their favorite shows.

This most aggressive Globe At Home Internet plan in the market today includes free three-month access to Viu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go, and Discovery+.  It also comes with free 24/7 unlimited teleconsultation with a licensed doctor via KonsultaMD for three months.

Those who want a more leveled-up WiFi at home connectivity can get GFiber Unli Plan 2499 with speeds of up to 500 Mbps. On top of the free entertainment content bundle, the package offers a free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and access to VIP hotlines.

“With Globe At Home GFiber Unli Plans, every family member has the best leverage to achieve their full potential. Along with fiber-strong connections, Globe has redefined connectivity by offering free access to entertainment content and healthcare,” said Janis Racpan, Head of Globe At Home Product Marketing.

Globe At Home ensures that its postpaid plans have a rich ecosystem that could help uplift the lives of Filipinos and allow them to thrive in the new normal using fiber technology.  Through GFiber, subscribers can experience stronger internet coverage, faster and steadier connectivity with future-proof solutions for their needs today and the future.

Globe continues its aggressive rollout of free broadband fiber upgrades within serviceable areas nationwide as part of its commitment to help bridge the digital divide among Filipinos.

This is part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight innovation and infrastructure as drivers of economic growth and development under SDG No. 9.

In the first quarter of 2022, Globe recorded a rise in fiber broadband takeup by 155%, with 1.74 more fiber-to-the-home lines built than the same period last year.

To know more about Globe At Home GFiber Unli Plans, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/broadband.html

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Globe At Home tops Netflix ISP speed index for 4th straight month

Globe At Home also dominated the list for 10 out of 12 months.

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Globe At Home has topped the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) performance rating of subscription-based streaming service Netflix in the Philippines for the fourth straight month this year.

Based on the April 2022 Netflix ISP Speed Index, Globe scored the fastest speeds through its Globe At Home Broadband Business. In 2021, Globe At Home also dominated the list for 10 out of 12 months.

Globe’s score is at par with that of the country’s overall rating.  Others in the same category are Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

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Netflix’s ISP Speed Index determines which ISPs offer the best viewing experience during peak hours. The data is gathered from subscribers using the online video streaming platform.

The speed index is vital for Netflix streaming because its videos load quickly on networks with low latency, packet loss, and jitter. Otherwise, users may encounter issues such as buffering and pixelization while watching videos.

“We are glad that we could offer consistent, high-quality video streaming speed.  It is a testament to our unrelenting efforts to provide affordable, world-class connectivity to Filipinos across the Philippines,” said Barbie Dapul, Globe At Home Vice President for Marketing.

Globe is spending P89 billion this year for its aggressive network expansion to boost internet quality and coverage. This is part of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG No. 9, which underscores the crucial role of infrastructure and innovation in development.

This year’s capital expenditure allocation will be used to build new cell sites, upgrade existing sites to 4G/LTE, accelerate the rollout of 5G connectivity, and fast-track the fiberization of Filipino homes nationwide.

Last year, Globe spent a record P92.8 billion to build 1,407 new cell sites, upgrade over 22,300 mobile sites, install more than 2,000 5G outdoor sites and in-building solutions, and lay down fiber to 1.4 million homes.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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Elon Musk’s Starlink gets approval to provide internet in the Philippines

Satellite-based service provider hopes to begin operating in fourth quarter

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Billionaire Elon Musk’s high-speed satellite internet business Starlink is set to enter the Philippines after its local branch won regulatory approval from the country, which is battling with poor internet speeds.

The Philippines’ telecom regulator on Friday said it accepted the registration of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., “paving the way for the company to start delivering internet access services to the Philippine market in the coming months.”

Starlink’s service is planned to be up and operating in the Philippines by the fourth quarter, according to its website.

The Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to provide Starlink’s services, which are offered by modern, low-orbit satellites, the country’s National Telecommunications Commission said in a statement.

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The service is offered in more than 30 countries, notably in North America and Europe. It has deployed nearly 2,000 satellites and aims to launch thousands more. The company offers high-speed, low-latency satellite internet service with download speeds of between 100 megabits per second and 200 Mbps, the commission said.

The Philippines ranks 95th in mobile internet speed and 59th in fixed broadband internet speed, according to the Speedtest Global Index, lagging behind most countries in Southeast Asia. According to the report, in April, median download speeds in the Philippines stood at 19.45 Mbps and 55.21 Mbps for mobile and fixed broadband, respectively.

The commission stated that Starlink is intended to cover unserved or underserved villages in urban and suburban areas as well as rural areas.

Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos, an independent industry researcher, said Starlink’s debut in the Philippines will provide a choice for end consumers, especially those in areas not serviced by incumbent carriers.

But its success in the country will partially depend on how swiftly the government can permit Starlink to set up the required infrastructure. “Is there enough spectrum for satellite Internet? Will Starlink be allowed to develop the necessary network so that it may provide flawless end-to-end satellite broadband service to the Filipino people?”

Another question “is there a market response? Will Filipino consumers utilize the service? Is Starlink’s service affordable enough? ” Mirandilla-Santos said.

(Source photos by Getty Images/AP)

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