Smart To Cover 95 Percent Of Cities In The Philippines With LTE Connectivity By The End Of 2018!
|Smart LTE in 95% of cities by end of 2018!|
“We are accelerating our LTE deployment because this will enable us to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country,” according to Joachim Horn, chief technology and information advisor at PLDT and Smart.
“Since its commercial launch in 2012, we have been deploying LTE in areas with high population concentration, where we have customers who have already purchased 4G/LTE handsets that can take advantage of the network and are using bandwidth-rich data services,” added Horn.
“A critical component of this LTE rollout is the infrastructure that will support the increasingly large transport requirements of a network handling so much data traffic,” said Horn.
Complementing the LTE network deployment, Horn said Smart is also working with device manufacturers so that they can introduce more medium to low-priced 4G or LTE handsets, tablets, and pocket WiFis that can run on multiple frequencies, to give more users access to the data network.
“This is part of getting our network ready for the future, by putting in place the pipes that will accommodate the expected surge in data usage, and allow users to take advantage of speeds offered by next generation technologies such as LTE-A, and eventually 5G,” Horn added.