Philippines Smart to Launch LTE Services This Week
Philippines based mobile network, Smart Communications has announced that it will launch commercial LTE services at the end of this week (25th August 25).
The announcement comes after a year of LTE test deployments conducted by PLDT's wireless subsidiary in various parts of the country.
"Come August 25th, the Philippines joins the growing ranks of countries offering high-speed mobile broadband via LTE. This will be a boon to our customers and help power the country's development," said Smart President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno.
Smart's LTE service is capable of delivering data wirelessly at speeds of up to 42Mbps.
"LTE provides the cutting edge for our mobile broadband network which is also equipped with HSPA+, HSPA and 3G facilities," said Smart wireless consumer division head Emmanuel Lorenzana. "This combination of wireless broadband technologies enables Smart to provide customers with unmatched mobile broadband services in more parts of the country."
Smart's LTE deployment was made possible by the PLDT Group's P67.1 billion network technology refresh program which has replaced the base station equipment in all of Smart's over 9,500 base stations nationwide with 4G-ready facilities.
"This enables us to quickly and easily expand our LTE network depending on market demand," Vea said.
This program has also strengthened the PLDT Group's fiber optic networks and overseas fiber optic cable systems to ensure that high-speed broadband services offered via LTE will be fully supported.
Several LTE sites located in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Boracay have already been active months prior to the commercial launch.