Smart rolls out LTE-Advanced service with faster data speeds

Smart rolls out LTE-Advanced service with faster data speeds

Smart Communications, today, begins the deployment of its LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) service that promises higher and faster data speeds than the current LTE that subscribers are now experiencing.


Using a capability called “carrier aggregation,” LTE-A combines two or more radio frequency bands so that a bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds could be delivered to mobile users.

The first spot to receive this service will be in Boracay, Aklan, which is the Philippines’ number one tourist destination — having a posted speed of 260 Mbps by combining three frequencies.



Devices that are capable with LTE-A (or 4.5G) could subscribe to Smart and take advantage of its data services when doing various bandwidth-heavy tasks like video streaming or gaming.

“Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor.

Horn also mentioned in passing that they are preparing and getting ready for the arrival of 5G by already investing in network facilities.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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18 Responses

  1. Ames says:

    Lte-a 4.5G nga may cap naman 700Mb letche wag nyo kaming pinagloloko smart

  2. lte_newbie says:

    For the record, LTE-A is the real 4G technology as LTE (3GPP release 8) did not meet the ITU-T specifications.
    As for the 4.5G you are telling, it could be the LTE-Advanced Pro which is currently not standardized yet.

  3. smartpostpaidsubs says:

    how about the data capping? at least man lang dagdagan din nila yung monthly data allocation from 30GB to at least 50GB. aanhin mo ang speed boost kung after 30mins disconnected ka na dahil ubos na ang data allocation mo!

  4. Pete says:

    Pangalan lang iyan. Yun 3G ng ibang bansa mas mabilis pa sa LTE natin.

    • 2pe says:

      hahaha! so true! actually parange EDGE speed lang average speed natin, angkop lang sa mga cellphone nung panahon na di pa touchscreen. Cmon Smart and Globe, are you waiting still for government intervention to tidy your sh*tty network speed? The time is near when NTC will be revamped and more stricter laws and regulations will be passed, dont wait that to happen.

  5. Pangalan lang iyan LTE Advanced. Yun 3G ng ibang bansa mas mabilis pa sa LTE natin.

  6. shah baaz says:

    Ha ha ha na papansin nyu ba ung na pinansin ko ???! Me third party ikanga !!! Pti ang globe mg bibigay daw ng 10 mbps speed for only 1300 pesos.samantala binabyaran ko gayun 1999 pesos for “upto” 7 mbps.which is never came as 7 mbps..swerte ako kung me 2 mbps.LTE kuno.

  7. Blue says:

    Di namin kailangan ng super bilis na internet! More and better coverage especially sa bahay ang dapat nyo iimprove! Tumupad lang kayo sana sa subscribed speed namin maayos sana ang lahat. Tsaka ang data capping alisin or taasan ang limit. Aanhin mo mabilis e takot ka nmn mag view ng videos kasi baka umabot ka agad sa limit mo tapos ibaba nila sa super bagal na Edge connection mo na kulang na lang itapon mo telepono mo sa inis! #hugotpamore

  8. Tanga si Smart says:

    di ba nag launch na si smart ng 5G nila last 2014 pa? eto yung article…

    September 3, 2014
    In “News”
    Smart officially brings LTE-Advanced 5G Internet in PH
    August 14, 2014
    In “News”

    • lte_newbie says:

      5G isn’t even standardized yet. Pano magkakaron Smart nun eh bibili lang naman sila ng equipment.

  9. Mrtechie says:

    LTE-A agad? Eh sa lugar nga namin wala pang LTE. Smart, baka gusto niyong palawakin muna ang LTE niyo bago kayo mag LTE-Abakada.

    • lte_newbie says:

      It depends sa priority ng mga operators kung anong lugar yung uunahin nila lagyan ng LTE.
      In business point of view, kung kaunti/low density area ang place mo, siyempre hindi sila mag iinvest dun agad compared to other high density areas.

  10. Prince says:

    Wlaang kwenta kahit na mag 10G pa kayo tapos may capping naman internet nyo. Honestly malakas na sana ang LTE peru bakit nilagyan pa ng limit??? Haaaayyyss Pilipinas nga naman!

  11. BUSHET says:

    PAKAIN NYO NA NAKUHA NYONG PERA SA AMIN MGA UNGAS KUPAL…..WAG NYO KAMING LOKOHIN WALA NANG KAKAGAT SA MGA PROMO NYO UNGAS MGA BUSHET…yung telstra na mag bibigay pag asa sa internet sa pinas ano ginawa ng NTC hinarangan tangkilingin ang sariling atin daw ano ba gamit nilang cellphone made in the phillipines ba BOBO mag isip mga KUPAL…short to say di na sila mahahatian ng share pag may ibang investor na mag open ng net service sa pinas liit ng utak puro pera nasa isip

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