PLDT upgrades to 7.2Mbps HSPA850
In a report from Business Mirror last Monday, PLDT president Napoleon Nazareno said they are upgrading their networks to a faster HSPA850 platform.
This will enable PLDT (and Smart) to offer 3G speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. Smart Bro is currently promoting its 2Mbps network. The HSPA850 has starting rolling out this February in Metro Manila and could be spreading across major cities in the country in the next couple of months.
The PLDT Group earmarked an investment of about $50 million (~Php2.35 billion) for the said HSPA technology. If those existing 3G USB dongles can support HSPA850, we should be seeing increased mobile 3G speeds anytime this month.