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Smart Launches LTE Advanced

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Mobile phone service provider Smart Communications Inc. said it has conducted tests for LTE Advanced, the next stage of development of fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

In the past three months, the Philippines' leading mobile operator said it has already tested LTE Advanced in Manila, Davao City and Boracay, Aklan.

"LTE Advanced is capable of delivering data speeds of from 200 to 700 mega bytes per second. This will open up new possibilities for mobile internet service, especially in multi-media and video applications," said Rolando Peña, head of technology services at PLDT and Smart.

Smart’s expanded  4G LTE coverage is supported by the domestic fiber optic cable network of PLDT and Smart which is now over 71,000 kilometers long, as well as PLDT's extensive international cable networks.

Smart said its LTE network already has over 1,000 sites, covering 180 cities and municipalities, including  Metro Manila, as well as areas in North Luzon, South Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

LTE is currently the fastest commercially available 4G wireless broadband service. Smart introduced LTE in the Philippines in August 2012 and has since been rolling out the service in more areas of the country. 

“Our 4G LTE rollout is the cutting edge of our wireless broadband offerings. This technology platform offers our subscribers the best high-speed, multi-media mobile internet experience," said Pena.

"If we count as well our HSPA+ and Wi-Max services, Smart offers the most extensive wireless broadband coverage for both fixed and mobile applications.  All of these services are powered by superior fiber optic transmission network of PLDT and Smart, which is the most powerful and pervasive in the country," Peña said.

Smart is the only operator to provide 4G LTE coverage for mobile users in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pateros and Valenzuela. 

Smart is also the only network to offer 4G LTE services in key areas in Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Mindoro Oriental, Pangasinan, Quezon and Zambales. 

Moreover, Smart is the sole 4G LTE provider in Capiz, Iloilo, Leyte and Negros Oriental in the Visayas, and Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga Del Sur in Mindanao. 

Smart’s expanded  4G LTE coverage is supported by the domestic fiber optic cable network of PLDT and Smart which is now over 71,000 kilometers long, as well as PLDT's extensive international cable networks.

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