PH Globe Telecom bringing LTE Roaming to Australia

Here’s a first. A Philippine telco sharing its new technology and bringing it to Australia.

From IT Wire

Globe LTE roaming “headed to Australia”

The PhilippinesGlobe Telecom has signed a deal to offer LTE roaming in Hong Kong and Korea. It intends to expand the service to Australia and other countries.

Globe has partnered with China Mobile in Hong Kong for the LTE data roaming service and will soon launch the same service with SK Telecom in Korea. President and CEO Ernest Cu says the company plans to offer the service in Australia as soon as possible.

“These two operators are the first of many in the pipeline,” said Cu. “We are also working with IPX providers Sybase, Aicent, Syniverse, Citic, Tata, and BICs to allow us to scale up our LTE roaming partnerships with operators from Australia, Singapore, the USA, Japan, Canada, and the Middle East. We look forward to reaching these countries in the coming months.”

Cu says Globe is the first telco to offer LTE data roaming. “With this service, Globe subscribers roaming with partner operators abroad may now enjoy the same high-speed LTE data usage as they can in LTE-covered areas within the Philippines.”

Globe was first to introduce 4G technology in the Philippines in 2009, with the deployment of its Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax) network. Last September, Globe launched its 4G LTE network covering 45 sites in Makati City. To date, Globe has over 2,700 4G sites, which it says will increase to over 4,000 sites by the end of the year.

Globe is a leading Filipino telco, often confused in this country with the Australian company of the same name. The two companies have no relationship. Globe is 47% owned by SingTel and 32% by Ayala Corporation, a Filipino conglomerate. The remaining 21% of stock is publicly traded on the Philippine Stock Exchange. It has annual revenues of around US$2 billion, and 7500 employees.

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