Back when Globe Telecom launched the first fixed wireless access to 5G connectivity at the second quarter of 2019, the first use cases were focused on home broadband connectivity.
Although the areas of availability were limited, the Globe At Home Air 5G service introduced a new way of operations by ditching fiber optic cables and moving to fixed location wireless radios.
At the same time, the telecom giant utilized Huawei’s 5G CPE Pro router in delivering the still limited service. The router was equipped with the Balong 5000, the first 7nm multi-mode 5G chipset that enabled higher speeds with lower latency.
Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu promised at that point that although they will first touch home broadband services with 5G, once 5G-enabled devices are more affordable the same service will be seen in the mobile side.
“It was trying to solve a problem that this country has, not having enough fiber. Our hope is that 5G can replace some of the fiber requirements of the home. And so far our tests have proven right,” Cu said.
And so, the first device on Globe’s mobile service with 5G functionality is Huawei’s flagship model — the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. Although the phone has been existing in the international market for quite some time now, this deployment makes Globe the first to introduce it on local shores.
“The customers who have subscribed to the Globe 5G broadband service are very satisfied and it looks like we’ll be expanding that service. 5G is a truly transformational technology. A lot of the use-cases are still being set,” he said.
He explained that with more bandwidth available now, more use-cases will emerge. Just as how streaming videos became the “killer use-case” of 4G LTE connectivity, 5G will be able to further its predecessor since it allows millions, and to quote Cu, “even billions of connected devices all at once on the network.”
As 5G is set to transcend 4G’s limitations on operational effectiveness, especially for the enterprise, from the consumer perspective it will also be more favorable for gaming, entertainment, and streaming needs, according to Globe.
Aside from Huawei, other smartphone manufacturers have also 5G-capable phones, which include Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Oneplus 7 Pro 5G, Huawei Mate X, and even the Moto Z3. The devices have been deployed on 5G-ready markets like India and China.
For now, Huawei leads the local 5G race with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G which comes free through Globe’s Platinum 4999 Plan. The handset is also available for the public to experience in select Globe ICONIC and Globe stores in Metro Manila.