GLOBE Telecom, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it had upgraded its third-generation (3G) network in 12 provinces to 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) with the completion and modernization of several sites.

“More customers in Batangas, Bohol, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and seven other provinces will now have better access to Globe’s 4G LTE network,” Globe said in an e-mailed statement.

The Ayala-led telco said it upgraded at least 507 sites in Batangas from 3G to 4G LTE, the new standard of mobile data.

It also migrated 488 areas in Metro Manila and 450 in Cebu to 4G LTE.

“In Mindanao, 366 sites are now powered by 4G LTE in Davao del Sur. In Davao del Norte, 126 sites have been upgraded. In Bukidnon, 79 sites have been migrated to 4G LTE,” Globe said.

It also said 85 areas in Bohol are now 4G LTE-powered.

“Globe has also upgraded 111 sites in Cagayan; 88 in Rizal; 195 in Cavite; 328 in Laguna, and 358 in Pampanga,” the company noted.

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, recently said the country’s speed rankings for both fixed broadband and mobile internet continued to improve in June.

The country’s average download speed for fixed broadband was 66.55 megabits per second (Mbps) in June, a 6.82 increase from the 59.73 Mbps speed recorded in May.

As for the mobile internet, the Philippines reached 32.84 Mbps, a 0.86 increase from 31.98 Mbps in May.

Globe Telecom shares closed 1.31% lower at P1,881 apiece on Tuesday. — Arjay L. Balinbin