Finnish vendor Nokia announced it deployed infrastructure in the southern islands of the Philippines for Globe Telecom to accelerate 5G in the region.
Nokia stated it installed its modular Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA+) which supports all 5G frequency bands including 2.6 GHz. The vendor said the solution will accelerate and simplify 4G and 5G rollouts while delivering network efficiency and performance.
The antenna overcomes the challenge of finding space on towers and rooftops to expand their 5G coverage, with its lightweight and more compact design. Combining 4G passive and 45G active antennas together can aid in lower site rental costs, the vendor stated.
Nokia also trialled a Globe Telecom-specific variant of its antenna in Tantangan, South Cotabato on the island of Mindanao.
Globe Telecom SVP and head of network planning and engineering Joel Agustin said: “Our enduring pain points in site acquisition and TCO efficiency are being addressed by the features and design of the IPAA+. Simplifying the rollout of 4G and 5G services will greatly improve our customer experience, especially in the southern region of the Philippines.”