Globe Telecom Starts Commercial Deployment of Massive MIMO with 150 Initial Sites

18 July 2017
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Globe Telecom recently began the commercial deployment of massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology to enhance the mobile internet connectivity experience of its customers in high-density areas.

The initial rollout covers 150 wireless broadband sites, located mostly in Southern Luzon and Northern Luzon, added Agustin. Last year, Globe gained additional spectrum assets in the 2600 MHz band following a partial acquisition of San Miguel’s telecommunication assets.

The commercial deployment of the MIMO technology forms part of the company’s efforts to further improve the mobile and wireless broadband internet experience of its customers by expanding on its network coverage and capacities.

The first telecommunications operator to make use of the technology in the country, Globe undertook an initial testing of the technology in the Makati financial district early this year. Based on initial test results, the technology improves capacity up to 6 times when compared to a regular site.

Early this month, Globe claims that it also became the first operator in the world to activate massive MIMO using 2CC carrier aggregation, which doubles LTE capacity, delivering faster internet experience to customers.

Compared to the 1CC (carrier component),  which is the company’s current deployment of massive MIMO, the 2CC technology uses 2 distinctly separate blocks of the 2600 MHz spectrum that is aggregated by LTE-Advanced equipment to deliver faster internet speeds. 

Joel Agustin, SVP for Program Governanc, Network Technical Group, Globe Telecom
The technology thus increases wireless throughput, accommodating more users at higher data rates with better reliability while consuming less power. The use of massive MIMO technology is an important component of our goal to stay ahead of the demand curve for data capacity in densely populated and high-foot traffic areas.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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