One month after firing up LTE-A as part of Smart Communcation’s latest internet services, the wireless leader finally announced the LTE deployment of the wide range of LTE connections in the Philippines. This move requires Smart to deploy new LTE cell sites across the country to cope up with the rising demand for better internet and internet penetration.
During the press launch, Smart Technology Group Head, Rolando Pena, said that they will be deploying a total of 1,400 sites across the country which comprise of both FD-LTE (FDD-LTE, or Frequency Division Duplexing) and TD-LTE (TDD-LTE, or Time Division Duplexing). The additional TD-LTE sites will eventually power up and bring high-speed mobile broadband speeds to cities in Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal and Metro Manila.
Pena also added that they continuing investment to expand the reach of efficient and fast network allows them to deliver the best internet experience to subscribers in both mobile and fixed platforms. With this move to expand the quality and breadth of LTE-A across the country, they are in effect responding to the demand in mobile data for years to come.
[su_spoiler title=”Smart Fires Up LTE Advanced in Cebu” open=”yes” style=”fancy” icon=”arrow”]You will probably remember that in September 15, Smart tested its LTE-A network in Cebu during the recently concluded Asian Carriers Conference.[/su_spoiler]
Smart’s robust network allows the network to deliver satisfying experience to users. In the recently concluded 4G speed challenge, Smart’s LTE connection emerged as the clear winner. The challenge happened in over 80 sites nationwide with 1000 participants.
Furthermore, the network’s innovation-seeking service gives them the edge in initiating innovations like the PisoNet service for Talk ‘N Text service that allows subscribers to surf the internet on their phones for 10 minutes; WikiPedia Zero, which grant Smart, Sun and Talk ‘N Text subs free-access to Wikipedia; and other mobile app innovations like Spinnr, Viewstream and Blink, Buqo and GameX.
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.