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Smart successfully tested 5G Carrier Aggregation, one of the first in the Asia Pacific

PLDT's wireless arm Smart Communications has successfully tested 5G Carrier Aggregation in preparation of features to enhance its capacity and coverage.
Smart successfully tested 5G Carrier Aggregation, one of the first in the Asia Pacific
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Features to enhance 5G capacity and coverage

Along with its technology partners Huawei and Ericsson, Smart is one of the first operators in the Asia Pacific to test CA in a live 5G network. To recap, Carrier Aggregation (CA) combines two or more separate bands of radio frequencies to create a bigger pipe for even faster data rates and a larger capacity to improve the overall user experience.

Smart tested the mid-band 5G CA on 2.6GHz (n41) and on 3.5GHz (n78) using a leading 5G smartphone. It was also tested using a 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) device from Huawei called 5G CPE Pro 2.

This has similarities to what they did with LTE-A or LTE+ previously.

Moreover, Smart also successfully tested 5G CA on the 5G low-band 700MHz (n28) and the 5G mid-band 3.5GHz band (n78) using the Huawei mate 40 Pro 5G smartphone. This combination of frequency enables greater flexibility, where the low band provides wider coverage, and the mid-band provides higher capacity where required, like in sports arenas and open-air event venues.

These latest developments are part of Smart's strategy in deploying 5G across the country. Smart has started conducting 5G tests in 2016.

Currently, Smart is rolling out 5G nationwide. These include key areas in Visayas and Mindanao in Boracay, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao, urban areas like the Makati Central Business District (CBD), Bonifacio Global City CBD, Araneta City, Mall of Asia Bay Area, North Avenue in Quezon City, Taft Avenue in Manila, Ortigas CBD, New Clark City in Pampanga, EDSA, strategic locations in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and the cities of Manila, Quezon City, Makati, Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Navotas, San Juan, and Pasay.

Next year, PLDT and Smart will invest between PHP 88 billion to PHP 92 billion to meet the requirements of mobile and fixed-line customers.

Smart's 5G network will be even better soon
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