• Ericsson completes 250 LTE sites for Smart network

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    Ericsson said on Friday that it has completed its installation of around 250 Long Term Evolution (LTE) sites in Northern and Southern Luzon for Smart Communications Inc.

    “We can confirm that some of the sites we tested registered downlink speeds of up to 50 megabytes per second, in real time and in the live network. We are pleased to contribute to Smart’s ongoing efforts to provide their customers with the best mobile experience possible,” said Elie Hanna, Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands president and country manager.

    The LTE sites are expected to help Smart ensure customers of an even better mobile experience, especially with regard to download times and smartphone performance.

    The completion expands Smart’s LTE coverage, which it claims is the first and widest of its kind in the Philippines.

    Currently, Smart LTE is enjoyed by subscribers in 46 cities and 69 municipalities all over the country.

    This was one of the fastest deployments to date for Ericsson in the Southeast Asian region. Hanna explained that Ericsson “wanted to exceed Smart’s expectations and contribute towards their aim of providing LTE service to their customers.”

    Long Term Evolution is the global standard for the fourth generation of mobile networks supported by all major players in the industry. It offers the capacity and the speed to handle a rapid increase in data traffic. According to latest market data traffic report, there will be 5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions in 2017. About 60 percent of the world’s population will have LTE coverage in 2018.

    Ericsson has delivered more than 160 LTE/EPC networks worldwide of which more than 90 have gone live commercially. These include networks for all of the top ten operators ranked by number of LTE subscribers worldwide in 2012.

    In addition, Ericsson went into the Leaders Quadrant in Magic Quadrant for LTE Network Infrastructure in 2012 by Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

    Rosalie C. Periabras

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