FILE PHOTO: the logo of the Globe Telecom is seen at a Globe service center in Edsa, Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines, on May 7, 2018. The photo was taken on May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao/File Photo
MANILA (Reuters) – the Philippines ‘ Globe Telecom Inc. on Thursday launched South east Asia’s first 5G broadband service, with the war and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. for the supply of the equipment, it is a win-win situation for the Chinese company, despite cyber security concerns of the Western nations of the world.
It is a telecom company committed to offering high-speed access to the internet for tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the main urban centers, as well as part of a $1.2 billion investment this year, according to Alberto de Larrazabal, Globe’s chief commercial officer, told reporters.
The Globe would have to use the Huawei-made equipment, such as radios and modems to deliver 5G-quality, high-speed internet access, he added. Huawei and finland’s Nokia, were the whole of the World, the suppliers of the equipment for the 4G service.
The United States had been warned that the next generation of 5G devices, a number of telecom experts see as more vulnerable to attack than with the previous technology, it would be able to be taken advantage of by the Chinese government for intelligence purposes if it is provided by the Smartphone, which the company denies.
In Washington, a treaty ally of the Philippines, had convinced the authorities and the telecom operators in order to avoid Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment.
The Globe hired independent firms to ensure that our safety protocols are up-to-date, in order to ensure the privacy and security issues need to be addressed,” de Larrazabal said.
Filipino consumers are the top of the world and the world of social media, users are often frustrated by a slow and choppy internet connection. In the Philippines, mobile internet and fixed broadband speeds lag behind its neighbors, with the data from Ookla’s Speedtest, the Global Index showed.
It is 107th among 178 countries in terms of fixed-broadband speed of 19.55 mbps per second (Mbps) versus the global average of 59.6 Mbps. Among 140 countries around the world, the 107th in the field of mobile internet, speed of 15.10 Mbps, which is nearly half of the 27.22 Mbps, the global average.
The Globe is owned by Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp by Singapore Telecommunications, Ltd. holds a non-controlling interest.
Editing by Alexandra Hudson