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Smart starts tri-carrier LTE-A deployment, claiming a first

14 Apr 2016

Filipino cellco Smart Communications announced in a release on its website that it has begun switching on faster 4G mobile data services using triple-carrier aggregation LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, claiming a first in the Philippines. Smart – a subsidiary of telco PLDT – confirms that it has recorded LTE-A data speeds of up to 250Mbps on a live network section in tourist resort Boracay by aggregating three frequency bands.

Joachim Horn, chief technology advisor at PLDT and Smart, said: ‘Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer.’ He added: ‘The pace of [LTE-A] deployment will be driven by several factors, including the rate at which subscribers start using LTE-A capable devices.’ Smart has implemented LTE-A tests/pilot services since 2013 in locations including Boracay, Davao City and Makati City, and more recently the introduction of LTE-A capable devices has opened the door for its commercial rollout. Currently, tri-carrier LTE-A capable (250Mbps) devices available to Filipino users include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, while suitable handsets from other manufacturers are expected to be available soon.

Philippines, PLDT Inc. (incl. Smart Communications)

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