LTE advanced already being tested by Smart Communications

Smart 4G LTE leads in coverage, rollout.

In the recent months, changes in the Telco Industry have been enormous, From simple edge and gprs internet for mobile users, to HSDPA, then recently LTE.

Smart Communications, which launched its LTE service last August 2012 is again expanding its reach further for its 4th generation (4g) Long Term Evolutions ( LTE ) network, which already covers over 1,000 sites, among 180 cities and municipalities in Manila and other parts of the Philippines

Until now, users in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pateros and Valenzuela can use LTE only via Smart, since they are the only mobile network with that service in those areas. Along with key areas in Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Mindoro Oriental, Pangasinan, Quezon and Zambales.

Moreover, Smart is the sole 4G LTE provider in Capiz, Iloilo, Leyte and Negros Oriental in the Visayas, and Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga Del Sur in Mindanao.

“Our 4G LTE rollout is the cutting edge of our wireless broadband offerings. This technology platform offers our subscribers the best high-speed, multi-media mobile internet experience,” said Rolando G. Peña, head of technology services at PLDT and Smart.

“If we count as well our HSPA+ and Wi-Max services,  Smart offers the most extensive wireless broadband coverage for both fixed and mobile applications.  All of these services are powered by superior fiber optic transmission network of PLDT and Smart, which is the most powerful and pervasive in the country,” he added.

Not content with what they have, Smart is the 1st to start testing of LTE Advanced the next stage of development of LTE, with areas in Manila, Davao City and Boracay, Aklan being tested.

“LTE Advanced is capable of delivering data speeds of from 200 to 700 mega bytes per second  (Mbps). This will open up new possibilities for mobile internet service, especially in multi-media and video applications,” Pena said.

Smart’s expanded  4G LTE coverage is supported by the domestic fiber optic cable network of PLDT and Smart which is now over 71,000 kilometers long, as well as PLDT’s extensive international cable networks.

For prepaid users, Smart has also released its prepaid Micro and Nano LTE capable sims.

Ron is a happily married man for more than 10 years, the father of 3 boys. Loves to write about places that he visits. And works in the BPO industry.