TL;DR: LTE-A is now available in the country through the use of 4CC (4 component carrier) that utilizes the 2600MHz spectrum, thanks to Globe Telecom.
Globe Telecom announced that they have deployed commercially the LTE-Advanced 4 component carrier (4CC) spectrum aggregation using the 2600MHz band – making them the first telecom to do it in the country.
According to Globe, the 4CC technology allows to double the LTE capacity in the areas which are covered by the deployment. It also utilizes 4 separate blocks of the 2600 MHz spectrum which are aggregated by the LTE-Advanced eNode B equipment to deliver faster internet speeds.
Here’s the logic: You can compare 4CC to increasing the number of lanes in a highway from 2 lanes (in the case of 2CC) to 4 lanes, thereby allowing for faster travel times, and in our case, internet services. Globe says that the 4-layer spectrum can generate speeds of up to 400 Mbps – which is apparently the LTE-A standard.
“This is the first time that a telco operator in the Philippines is making use of this 4-component carrier spectrum LTE-Advanced technology and we are maximizing the potential of the new spectrum assigned to us for the benefit of our customers. This technology milestone significantly improves customer experience as smartphone penetration in the country continues to increase,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group.
Globe has already deployed the said technology in 110 sites – mostly in Metro Manila, according to Agustin. Also, initial deployment covers most areas in Makati and certain areas in Quezon City, Marikina, Antipolo and San Mateo. The telco also plans to roll out the technology in more than 500 sites this year, including key areas in North Luzon and South Luzon to increase data and in preparation for the availability of 4CC compatible devices.
We hope as LTE-A compatible devices came in the country, more LTE-A enabled sites also came to distinct locations and remote places.