Smart boasts 400Mbps speeds with Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ in Boracay
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ with a SMART LTE SIM, then you can enjoy fast mobile data speeds in Boracay, reaching up to 400Mbps.
According to Smart, this was achieved with the activation of the 4-component carrier (4CC) aggregation through their partner Huawei Technologies Philippines. Samsung said that they were able to reach average speeds of 280Mbps in initial runs using test software on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
In addition, Smart was able to achieve 400 to 500Mbps speeds via 4×4 Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) technology on a live and loaded network in Boracay, using the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and software that is available to users via a software update.
“This is just a preview of what can be achieved using the network that Smart is currently rolling-out and continuously improving throughout the country,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering.
“However, the use of these new technologies to achieve great speeds is still device-dependent. For example, at the moment there are only a few devices that can use these technologies and are available in the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+,” Tamayo explained.
Smart rolled out the country’s first LTE-A service in Boracay in April last year. The telco has also deployed LTE-A base stations in Metro Manila, Rizal, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao for subscribers with LTE-A capable SIMs and handset