Globe signs two deals with Nokia for 4.5G, IP, optical, SDN makeover

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Philippines operator Globe Telecom has signed two Memoranda of Confirmation frame agreements with Nokia – one for wireless technologies and the other for IP, optical and SDN technologies – for a network transformation project that Nokia says will help Globe meet consumer and IoT demands and expand services to new enterprise customers as it prepares for 5G.

Under the agreements, Globe Telecom will transition to a flexible cloud-based network infrastructure, with Nokia’s 5G-ready AirScale radio access and IP, optical and carrier SDN technology solutions providing seamless connectivity to consumers and enterprise customers as the operator prepares for IoT and 5G.

The modernized Globe network will also allow it to support the Philippine government’s initiative to further expand the availability of broadband services in the country.

The mobile network frame agreement between Nokia and Globe Telecom follows the operator’s recent access to new LTE spectrum. Nokia will deploy its 4.5G Pro technology using the 5G-ready AirScale Base Station and Flexi Zone small cells, managed by NetAct, in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, providing broadband access to some areas in these regions for the first time.

Globe will also be enabled to use mobile edge computing and advanced carrier aggregation techniques to deliver virtually unlimited scalability and dramatic improvements in speeds and capacity that will deliver compelling new services. The technology will also enable lower power consumption, reduced operating costs, more network automation and enhanced network performance as it transforms Globe Telecom’s customer experience for a subscriber base growing at 10 % annually, as well as meeting increasing demand from IoT devices, Nokia says.

In the second frame agreement, Nokia will deliver its integrated IP and optical networking and carrier SDN technologies across the Philippines to enhance the agility, quality, performance, coverage and capacity of Globe Telecom’s enterprise data services network. This will allow Globe to deliver coverage to more regions including in the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), such as Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Using Nokia’s carrier SDN platform, Globe will also be able to provide flexible data services such as bandwidth-on-demand nationwide, and expand its offer to thousands of enterprise customers, global service providers and local government agencies as well as those serving the Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO), hospitality, education, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, logistics and finance industries.

The agreements were signed during the State Visit of the Philippine President to China by Globe Telecom’s Director Fernando Zobel de Ayala and President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest L. Cu , and for Nokia by Chen Yuhua, Executive Vice President of the joint management team in China. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the signing.

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