Philippines Network Tests Huawei Supplied TDD-LTE Infrastructure

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Philippines based mobile network Smart Communications says that it has begun testing a different version of its existing LTE network TDD LTE in cooperation with Huawei.

"Our existing Frequency-Division Duplexing LTE or FDD-LTE uses one set of frequencies for uploads and another for downloads. In a TDD-LTE system, data 'takes turns' in rapid succession to use a single set of frequencies," said PLDT-Smart Technology Group Head Rolando G. Peņa.

"It's a different yet equally effective means of delivering high speed data services and we are testing its suitability to local conditions," he added.

The test facilities were able to achieve speeds of 40-60Mbps via an LTE SIM-equipped router.

"By combining high-speed wireless access technologies like LTE with PLDT's extensive fiber optic network, we are able to provide customers with an unmatched broadband experience," he said.

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A representative from Huawei shows PLDT-Smart Technology Group Head a TDD-LTE base station in one of Smart's cell sites

Smart Planning and Engineering Access Department Head Patrick Belicena puts a Huawei TDD-LTE WiFi router through its paces

60.17Mbps: TDD-LTE over WiFi on a laptop

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