Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia offering 5G to its citizens

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Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia offering 5G to its citizens

Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia offering 5G to its citizens

5G is said to be the next revolution in wireless connectivity for our smart devices.

It's faster and has close to no latency when it comes to sending and receiving data.

Countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia and Singapore have been vocal with their 5G plans. However, Malaysia plans to roll out the network in 2021 or 2022, while Singapore is on track to offer 5G to its citizens in 2020.

The Philippines' local internet provider Globe has beaten them to the punch and announced that it will make 5G available to the citizens in July 2019.

The coverage will be limited to selected areas with a focus on residential areas.

The reason behind the swift deployment is due to the fact that the country lacks a good network infrastructure.


Philippines has an average internet speed of 20Mbps, placing them at 107 in the world internet ranking.

In addition to that, placing down fibre wires will require permits from the government which could take up to years to complete.

The 5G plans will come with 2TB of quota and will be offered in speeds of 20Mbps, 50Mbps, and 100Mbps which will cost PHP1899 (US$37), PHP2499 (US$49), and PHP2899 (US$57) respectively.

The Philippines 5G network leverages off Huawei equipment, one of the leaders in the 5G market. The country is also in a joint venture with SingTel - one of the largest telco in Singapore - to bring the network to the country.

source: https://sea.mashable.com/tech/4593/philippines-is-the-first-country-in-southeast-asia-offering-5g-to-its-citizens

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