Filipino cellco Smart boosts 4G network in Palawan

31 May 2019

Smart Communications, the mobile division of Filipino telco behemoth PLDT, is deepening its 4G LTE coverage in Palawan, one of the country’s leading tourist zones. In a statement this week (28 May) the unit’s parent confirmed plans to deploy additional cell sites and deepen LTE capacity in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, San Vicente and Coron. ‘The network upgrade and expansion efforts in Palawan are part of our nationwide thrust to bring the best internet service to people across the country,’ Mario G Tamayo, PLDT-Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering, was cited as saying. PLDT has also rolled out fibre-optic broadband services for tourist and business establishments in El Nido to enable visitors to access online services like hotel and airline booking, and electronic banking, he added.