• Smart sets 4G LTE network expansion

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    SMART Communications Inc. (Smart) continues to expand the country’s largest fourth-generation (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, covering all of Metro Manila and bringing the benefits of seamless speed in mobile broadband to more areas all over the country.

    “We foresee how access to a reliable and pervasive LTE network can help create so many new ways for our subscribers to benefit from the technology. These benefits include access to multimedia entertainment, and the use of technology as a tool for education, health, governance, among others,” said Rolando Peña, head of technology at Smart and its parent company Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.

    Smart LTE is now present in over 170 cities and municipalities across the country, including the province of Rizal, North Luzon, South Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

    It also covers 17 cities and municipalities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela.

    “By continuously expanding our LTE coverage, we are ‘investing’ in local communities and economies, and making sure that the best of our services are available to our subscribers, wherever they are in the country,” Peña said.

    LTE-compatible devices
    The increasing number of areas covered allows Smart subscribers using LTE-compatible devices to wirelessly access the Internet at speeds of up to 42 megabytes per second. This means enjoying movies or videos, uploading or downloading photos, among others, on their mobile device with no lag, no buffering and no delays.

    To get more people to experience and take advantage of LTE, Smart said that it will exclusively carry the new Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3”, one of the world’s most advanced Android “phablets.”

    A phablet is a “hybrid” category of smartphones that offer the supersized screen of a tablet.

    “In the same way that this phablet is the perfect device for people who cannot quite decide whether to get a smartphone or a tablet, so is Smart LTE the perfect ‘partner’ to a device as advanced as the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3”,” said Kathy Carag, postpaid business head of Smart.

    Smart’s expanded LTE coverage is supported by over 71,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables connecting the wireless leader’s base stations to the core network, enabling it and its parent company PLDT to deliver the best data services at the speed of light.

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