Just came from the PLDT-Smart Jump Center in Megamall for the briefing on Smart’s LTE/4G beta testing. Arounda dozen bloggers and tech journalists are part of the first batch of folks to test Smart LTE in Metro Manila.
They loaned us this Smart LTE kit which is actually a Huawei E392 stick that we can use for the entire duration of the beta program (ends February 14, 2012). That means we won’t be seeing any commercial launch of the Smart LTE until March of 2012, the earliest.
Smart has deployed around 23 LTE base stations around Metro Manila and promises up to 42Mbps in download speeds and up to 10Mbps with uploads.
I still need to hunt down one of those LTE base stations to get some actual speed tests. For now, I’m a little frustrated that the LTE dongle eats up two USB ports because of its sheer size. Speed tests coming out soon.