GLOBE Telecom, Inc. on Tuesday said data traffic in its fifth-generation (5G) network continues to increase, mainly due to the growing demand for high-speed mobile broadband, especially with the rise of data-intensive applications.

“For the full year of 2021, Globe has served up to 6.71 petabytes of data in its 5G network,” Globe said in an e-mailed statement.

The company said it saw a “27x increase” in monthly data traffic in its 5G network this year, growing by “35.2% month-on-month.”

“As of end-December 2021, Globe logged over 1.62 million devices in its 5G network, as it reaches 96% of NCR (National Capital Region) and 84% of key VisMin (Visayas and Mindanao) cities in terms of 5G coverage,” it added.

5G technology, which offers speeds up to seven times faster than 4G, currently provides the fastest mobile connectivity and download speeds.

“It also has ultra-low latency, greater bandwidth, superior network reliability, and the ability to connect to more devices,” Globe noted.

The company has fired up more than 2,000 5G cell sites and upgraded 12,900 cell towers nationwide.

“Of the total number of 5G sites, over 1,400 cell sites are in Luzon, over 300 are in the Visayas, and over 230 are in Mindanao,” it said.

Globe recently reported that it was recognized by global standard Opensignal for having “the largest uplift in mobile multiplayer gaming experience, with an improvement of 65.2%.”

“5G Video experience with Globe was also elevated to a rating of excellent, with an uplift of 32.8% better than 4G,” it said in a separate statement. — Arjay L. Balinbin