Nokia to transform Globe's fixed, wireless networks

The Philippines' Globe Telecom has contracted Nokia to transform the operator's fixed and mobile networks into a flexible cloud-based infrastructure ready for 5G and the IoT.

Globe has signed two frame agreements  with the vendor – one covering wireless networks and the other for IP, optical and SDN technologies – to set the stage for the upgrade.

Under the collaboration, Nokia will deploy its 4.5G Pro technology including 5G-ready base stations and small cells, in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Some of the areas in these regions will be receiving broadband for the first time as a result of the deployment.

Nokia will also set Globe up to support mobile edge computing and advanced carrier aggregation technologies on its network.

The fixed agreement will involve the deployment of IP, optical and carrier SDN technologies across the Philippines, allowing the operator to deliver coverage to more regions, and to provide flexible data services over Nokia's SDN platform to enterprise customers nationwide.

“As the Philippines' leading fixed and mobile service provider, we are devoted to improving people's connected lives day-by-day. With Nokia's innovative technologies, we are confident to lead the 5G and cloud network evolution,” Globe CEO Ernest Cu said.

Last week, Globe's rival PLDT announced that its wireless division Smart achieved data speeds of 1.4Gbps over LTE-A during a trial conducted with Huawei. The trial used five-carrier aggregation technology to achieve the blazing fast speeds.

“It will take time for carrier aggregation on five frequencies to be deployed, largely because capable handsets are not yet commercially available. But the excellent results of these tests have encouraged us to roll out LTE-A using two or three component carriers which can already be utilized by several handset models in the market,” PLDT and Smart CTO Joachim Horn said.

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