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PLDT doubles modern cell sites

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Philippine Long Distance Co. has expanded its time-division duplex-long term evolution  network to over 400 cell sites as of end-September, strengthening its leadership in providing high-speed Internet services to more homes all over the country. 

The current total is more than double the 200 TD-LTE sites that were installed as of April this year from Cagayan to Davao del Sur.

PLDT said the additional TD-LTE cell sites would further expand the reach of its service in existing sites, such as Cebu, and cover new areas such as Bohol and the resort island of Boracay in Aklan. 

The expansion also covers other provinces in central and southern Luzon and Mindanao.  These facilities enable PLDT to deliver its Home Bro Ultera service that provides speed of up to 10 megabits per second for its customers, it said.

“We are continuously expanding our TD-LTE network to further strengthen connections at home, especially for those in the remote towns and provinces of our country, by providing access to the internet and allowing them to experience the benefits of broadband connectivity,” said PLDT executive vice president and Home business head Ariel Fermin.

PLDT Group technology head Rolando Peña said the expansion of the TD-LTE network "complements our efforts to broadband the entire Philippines via fiber-to-the-home and next generation network services.”

TD-LTE is one of the two wireless data transmission technologies that fall under the international standard of LTE, the other being frequency-division duplex which is used by mobile networks. LTE is also known as a 4G technology.

Smart deployed around 1,400 FDD LTE cell sites in various parts of the country as of end-September.  This brings the combined number of LTE cell sites for both fixed and mobile applications to over 1,800.

Each LTE cell site has three “sectors” or base stations, bringing the PLDT Group's total number of LTE base stations to around 5,500.

"PLDT HOME Bro Ultera service in a way revolutionizes the country’s Internet service as it enables more Filipino homes to gain ready access to multimedia services like social media, movies, games, and music,” Fermin said.

 

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