Smart fires up LTE in Eastern Visayas

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. is ramping up the rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology across the Eastern Visayas to improve the mobile data experience of customers in one of the country’s biggest regions. Smart LTE is already available across the region’s major cities of Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte, and was recently…

Smart posts 1.4 Gbps data speeds using LTE-Advanced

HIGH-SPEED. Huawei product manager Daniel Peng (right) points out to Smart executives Mario Tamayo (standing, left) and Ramon Isberto the consistent, gigabit-speeds achieved by the tests using carrier aggregation. (Smart Public Affairs)

Working with strategy and technology partner Huawei, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications (Smart) achieved test data speeds of 1.4 Gigabit per second (Gbps) using the cutting-edge data capabilities of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A). In a series of laboratory tests done this month, Smart successfully combined five frequencies or “component carriers” using Carrier Aggregation, to consistently achieve data…

Smart starts deployment of LTE-Advanced mobile service

SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE. For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming.

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called “carrier aggregation.” Initially deployed in Boracay, Aklan, one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, Smart’s LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up…