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.