MANILA – Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is expanding its fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network which already has over 1,000 sites covering 180 cities and municipalities, including Metro Manila, as well as areas in North Luzon, South Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
LTE is currently the fastest commercially available 4G wireless broadband service. Smart introduced LTE in the Philippines in August 2012 and has been rolling out the service in more areas of the country.
Smart said it is the only operator to provide 4G LTE coverage for mobile users in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pateros and Valenzuela.
The company said it is also the only network to offer 4G LTE services in key areas in Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Mindoro Oriental, Pangasinan, Quezon and Zambales.
Smart said it is also 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, multimedia mobile Internet experience,” said Rolando 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.
Smart said it is also the first to conduct tests of LTE Advanced, the next stage of development of LTE. In the past three months, the mobile operator tested LTE Advanced in Manila, Davao City and Boracay, Aklan.
“LTE Advanced is capable of delivering data speeds of from 200 megabits to 700
megabits 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 international cable networks. (PR)