Globe Telecom Inc. is upgrading its network in 6 cities – 4 in Visayas and 2 in Mindanao, to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, the telco announced yesterday.

The upgrades will provide better connectivity to customers because of faster and more advanced technologies.

Globe will replace its old 3G equipment with 5G-ready 4G LTE infrastructure in Bacolod City, Cebu City, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu in Visayas; and in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.

“We received feedback from customers who noted significant improvements in their call, SMS and data services after the site upgrades,” says Joel Agustin, Globe SVP for Program Development.

Hence, “We are upgrading more areas with the newest available technology,” he added.

Already, Globe has upgraded its network into 5G-ready 4G LTE in 199 cities and towns in Metro Manila, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Oriental Mindoro, Bataan, Leyte, Agusan del Sur and Pampanga.

The telco is fast tracking its shift to 4G LTE this year, making it the new standard of mobile internet in the Philippines.

This development is in line with global best practice as 3G technology is now considered obsolete.

Globe has been encouraging its customers nationwide to change their SIMs to a 5G-ready 4G/LTE SIM and upgrade their devices to a 4G LTE device.

SIM change is free at any Globe Stores and customers will retain their old number.

For security reasons, customers are advised to upgrade their SIM at the Globe Store only.

Source: Manila Bulletin (