Globe launches Southeast Asia’s first 5G service backed by Huawei

Ultra-fast internet coming to homes first



Image credit: Globe

Local telcos have been telling Filipinos that the Philippines will not be left behind in the 5G race. True to their promise, Globe Telecom launched its 5G broadband service. The word 5G might be new to some because it’s just making its way to select countries. The Philippines is now the first one to have commercial 5G service in Southeast Asia.

Before we get too excited, it’s worth noting that Globe’s initial 5G service is limited for homes, and it’s not yet for mobile devices. Globe will soon offer fixed wireless broadband using 5G technology to deliver fiber-like speeds. Basically, Globe is keen to deliver high-speed internet to Filipino homes wirelessly rather than rolling out fiber optics cables. Truth be told, the process of laying out fiber optics are always met with drastic delays due to bureaucracy.

With Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G, the telco will offer postpaid plans starting July 2019 with promised speeds of up to 100Mbps and up to 2 terabytes of monthly data allowance. It’s not unlimited, but you practically have more than 60GB of data to play with every single day.

The plans start at PhP 1,899, which is at par with Globe’s current wired broadband services:

  • Plan 1899 — up to 20Mbps
  • Plan 2499 — up to 50Mbps
  • Plan 2899 — up to 100Mbps

Initially, the service will be available in select areas of Pasig City in Metro Manila, and in the province of Cavite and Bulacan.

Despite the privacy issues and sanctions thrown by the US, Globe has pushed through their plan to use Huawei equipment, including radios and modems, to deliver 5G broadband internet. Even before, Globe is in partnership with Huawei for its 4G service alongside with Nokia.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu disclosed that the company has been spending over 21 percent of its annual revenue to upgrade and expand. In 2018, the company spent PhP 43.3 billion for its broadband services. Hopefully, the use of 5G will enable more homes with a faster and more reliable internet connection.

SEE ALSO: Globe, Smart downplay Huawei ban imposed by US government


Apple working on an in-house modem

Saying goodbye to Qualcomm



In-house components are on the rise. Instead of relying on other component makers, a few brands have started creating their own parts for their devices. For example, Google recently launched the Pixel 6 series with its own Tensor chipset, the company’s first in-house processor. Apple is reportedly joining the bandwagon, potentially launching an in-house modem for future iPhones.

According to Nikkei, Apple is partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (or TSMC) for the latter’s 4-nanometer chip technology. With the partnership, Apple is on its way to building its own 5G modems for iPhones. Apple will also work on a battery management system built for the upcoming modem.

Prior to the announcement, Apple sourced its modems from Qualcomm. Ever since 5G became a ubiquitous feature, Qualcomm helped provide modems for most smartphones. Now, almost the entire market has 5G connectivity. The company has even stopped attaching the “5G” name to its chipsets with the assumption that every forthcoming product already has the feature attached.

Though Qualcomm is still a leader in the industry, numerous brands have already started ditching Qualcomm for their own components. As such, a huge chunk of the industry reduced their reliance on the semiconductor giant. For its part, Apple has already moved away from a lot of components, especially after its current chipsets.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Self Service Repair will let you fix your broken iPhone on your own

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Samsung teases that sliding, rolling displays are coming

Officially teased



Since the debut of the Galaxy Fold a few years ago, Samsung has dominated the foldable smartphone market with nary a competitor to hinder its success. Of course, folding screens aren’t the only ways to revolutionize display technology. Other brands, like LG, have developed sliding and rolling displays. Now, officially announced by the company, Samsung is officially trying its hand at other form factors.

Teased on their official site, Samsung Display has teased “a new era” with Samsung OLED. The company has released a few teaser images depicting a rollable and sliding display for the future. They will be called the Rollable Flex and the Slidable Flex, respectively.

However, though the form factor is officially coming now, Samsung has not announced where the new displays will launch. Though both are certainly staples of the television market, it’s within the realm of possibility that the new form factors will also come to Samsung’s smartphone lineup.

Back in May, Samsung patented the Z Rollable branding, potentially hinting at a future smartphone with the form factor. It might take a while for sliding and rolling displays to make their debut, though. Samsung still leads the foldable industry, but the market arguably hasn’t taken the industry by storm just yet, especially because of the form factor’s price tags.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches 1000-inch TV display

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Qualcomm Snapdragon is getting a rebranding

It’s a new era for Snapdragon



In terms of processors, Qualcomm Snapdragon is one of the most iconic barometers of a device’s capabilities. However, new followers of the smartphone industry might find it difficult to follow all the different numbering systems. Sensing the same difficulties, Qualcomm has announced that they are rebranding (and simplifying) the chipset series’ branding.

Officially announced by Qualcomm, the new era of Snapdragon is coming. For one, Snapdragon is officially dropping Qualcomm from its name. Instead of peddling its wares as Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, for example, the company’s chips will just be known as Snapdragon [insert number scheme here].

Speaking of its number scheme, the Snapdragon rebrand will also simplify the sometimes-arcane numbering system. Going forward, Qualcomm is trading in its triple-digit scheme for a single-digit one. The Snapdragon 888 (and its contemporaries) might end up being known as the Snapdragon 8 series now.

Finally, a small change that means all the difference: Snapdragon will no longer add in “5G” in the name of its future chipsets. When 5G was a novel feature, Qualcomm added “5G’ to its naming schemes to indicate that their products came with the feature. Now that 5G is ubiquitous now, Snapdragon will drop the scheme; instead, all future chipsets will come with the assumption that they are 5G-compatible.

However, despite Qualcomm’s announcement, we still don’t know how the new branding will look like exactly. We don’t have a concrete example yet. Qualcomm usually launches the next generation near the end of the year, so we might not have to wait long for an example.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm promises zero carbon emissions by 2040

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