Globe Telecom conducted a live speed test demonstration of its 4G mobile technology, using the global standard HSPA+ or Evolved High-Speed Packet Access at its initial rollout phase. This followed after the company has announced that the technology is already available in 19 sites in Metro Manila, covering Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, Pasay, Las Pinas, Taguig and the City of Manila.
During the live demo, a Globe 4G HSPA+-powered broadband dongle was speed tested simultaneously with four other dongles – a regular Globe Tattoo stick (2G), a Globe SuperStick (3G) and its two competitor brands. In the speed test, the broadband stick running on 4G HSPA+ bested its competitors after registering a download speed of 8.55Mbps and an upload speed of 1.02Mbps. Its 2G and 3G-powered sticks also showed better and improved performance in download and upload speeds after being used in a 4G-powered site, surpassing existing speeds. This showed speed and reliability of 4G HSPA+ amidst simultaneous broadband sticks being tested which required more network bandwidth to work.
Globe Portfolio Management Head Joanna Africa also showcased the various functionalities of Samsung Galaxy S2, the latest 4G-capable device that Globe will exclusively offer to its subscribers in the next few weeks to allow them to fully enjoy the 4G experience on their handsets. With this device, subscribers are treated to better and more stable data connections that will result to high-speed web browsing and faster video streaming and downloads.
“The increasing data usage is driving the need for more capacity. Since we are committed to providing quality services to our subscribers, we have proactively responded to the call by deploying new technologies that will upgrade and enhance their experience with us,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business of Globe Telecom. “The commercial rollout of our 4G mobile technology testifies to this commitment of bringing the most up-to-date technologies and services to our customers.”
Now considered as a mainstream technology, HSPA+ is the most relevant 4G technology available in the market today. Current subscribers using 3G-enabled mobile phones and broadband dongles are already benefiting from the initial rollout with improved call, text and data experience. Subscribers based in the pilot HSPA+ areas can expect to experience the real 4G technology with new 4G-enabled devices and applications coming very soon only from Globe.