Posted on : Saturday 7th March 2020 05:07 AM
Philippines’ Globe Telecom Inc on Thursday released Southeast Asia’s first 5G broadband service, with embattled Huawei Technologies Co Ltd providing the equipment, a win for the Chinese firm despite cybersecurity worries from Western nations.
The telecoms firm intends to give high-speed internet to tens of thousands of homes and offices in major urban centres as part of its $1.2 billion capital spending this year, Alberto de Larrazabal, Globe’s chief commercial officer, told reporters.
Globe would use Huawei’s equipment such as radios and modems to deliver 5G good broadband internet, he added. Huawei and Finland’s Nokia were Globe’s components providers for its 4G service.
The United States had warned that next-generation 5G equipment, which some telecoms pros see as more insecure to attack than previous technology, may be abused by the Chinese government for spying if supplied by Huawei, which the company denies.
Washington, a treaty ally of Manila, had motivated governments and telecoms operators to ban Huawei, the world’s most massive maker of telecommunications equipment. Globe hired independent firms “to ensure that our security protocols are up to date, to make sure privacy and security issues are addressed,” de Larrazabal said.
Philippine consumers, the world’s top social media users, commonly get annoyed with slow and choppy internet connections. The Philippines’ mobile internet and fixed broadband speeds lag behind its neighbours, data from Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index showed.
It rates 107th among 178 countries in regards to fixed broadband speed at 19.55 megabits per second (Mbps) versus the global average of 59.6 Mbps. Among 140 countries, it is ranking 107th in terms of mobile internet speed at 15.10 Mbps, almost half of the 27.22 Mbps global average. Globe is owned by Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp, with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd holding a minority stake.
Source: RETAIL NEWS ASIA