Smart completes roll-out of 9,500 LTE base stations

Since we beta tested the LTE service of Smart from last year (it ended around March), I’ve been asked a lot of times when they will officially launch the service in the Philippines. There was lot of noise about it since last year leading to 1st quarter of this year and then there was silence.

We were expecting that by June, Smart would have already launched its LTE service commercially and we’d actually be able to experience those blazing fast mobile internet speeds (I was getting as fast as 40Mbps on SpeedTest and up to 2MB/s on torrents).

During the beta phase back in February, we were told that Smart was fast-tracking the network upgrade and their engineering team was working 24/7 equipping the base stations for LTE deployment.

This week, they have announced that they’re finished with the network upgrade — “Smart replaced the radio equipment in 9,500 base stations with next-generation facilities that have increased its network’s capacity“.

“Every single base station of Smart is now easily upgradeable to fourth-generation technologies like HSPA+ and LTE,” added Smart president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno.

That means with a flip of a switch, we can have a full functional LTE network. When this switch will be turned on is another matter altogether (an Engineer from Huawei tells us it’s just a software switch). Could be this month, next month, end of the year or next year. What I know is that they promised it will be up and running and we will see speeds of up to 50Mbps on our LTE handsets (or modems) really soon. Then again, the service will certainly priced at a premium.

And that’s all that we know for now.


39 Comments on this Post

  1. bakulaw

    Nag endorse na naman etong mokong na ito.
    Hoy, itigil mo na ang kaka endorse!!!

    Ampanget mo!

    • It is still tech news, eventhough it sounds like an endorsement (which people from the competition would only care).

      It’s good for us to know that there is actually a player in the mobile industry who is upgrading their network diligently, not just by lip service… unlike the “leader in postpaid(daw) na nag-overhype ng $700 million USD network modernization plan pero sobrang bagal naman kumilos at mukhang kakalawangin na ang bagong equipment bago nila mapatakbo at sasabihin pa sa yo na may network enhancement sa area mo if something goes wrong kahit wala naman at pumapalpak lang ang network.

      Dinadaan lang sa PR ang imaginary upgrade.

  2. Errr…. Ni di pa nila nama-maximize yung potential ng HSPA+, pinagyayabang na naman nila yung LTE upgrade. Ok lang sana kung maganda yung current HSPA+ services nila.

    • Atleast their HSPA+ coverage is way better than Globe (even on ordinary 3G). Globe puro EDGE na nga lang at GPRS, mas madalas pa na di gumagana.

      Globe = FAIL!

  3. MildMannered

    Iba naman experience ko between Smart and Globe. Mas ok ang Globe either I’m at the office or at Home. 2 yrs akong naka smartBro at swerte na pag umabot man lang ng 128kbps ang speed pag nasa bahay..While sa Globe I get a speed of 1mbps upto 2.7mbps consistently.

  4. stable na 2mbps lang sakin sa mobile ayos na…
    eh hindi nga maibigay eh…
    From laoag city ako ilocos norte.
    Sun pinaka mabilis dito pag off peak kaya ng upto 3mbps HSPA+ pag peak naman 384kbps-768kbps kahit na HSPA+ pa.
    What the sense of the upgrade if hindi nga maibigay yung tamang speed sa current na ginagamit nila ngayun… hayz…

  5. Gensanboy

    Kuntento na ako sa speed ng sun dito sa gensan …2.26 to 3 mpbs…. At least consistent 24/7. Mura pa unli P100 for 3 days. Pang masa ang price.


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