The year 2013 saw the massive deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in
It was a banner year for LTE in
Because of our aggressive LTE rollout, many Filipinos are now able to optimize the use of their smartphones and continue their online engagement wherever they go, he said.
The global standard for fourth-generation (4G) technology, LTE is the fastest commercially available mobile Internet service in the world, which is able to provide high-speed data transmission that is up to 20 times faster than 3G connections. With such rapid data rates, users are able to stream high definition videos, download large files or upload photos and videos on their mobile devices without lag or delay.
Widest 4G LTE network Through much of 2013, Smart focused on expanding our LTE footprint to over 1,200 sites, thus providing the most extensive LTE network in the land, said PeÑa.
Apart from LTE, Smart also offers HSPA+ and WiMax in its suite of 4G connections. So far, Smart has over 10,000 sites that offer the country s widest 4G coverage double the size of competition and covering 85 percent of the country s population or 78.4 million Filipinos.
Anticipating an explosive growth in data traffic, Smart aims to capitalize on this lead in 4G LTE footprint and invest more on its wireless network, PeÑa added.
Citing a Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast early this year, PeÑa said 4G connections around the world is expected to generate eight times more traffic than non-4G links by 2017.
The same study puts a spotlight on the
Looking beyond LTE But even as LTE is gaining ground around the country, Smart has started to look beyond it and explore new technologies that could expand the capabilities of its robust infrastructure.
In August, Smart led the first successful trials of LTE-Advanced, dubbed the next stage of development of LTE.
In tests held in Davao, Metro Manila and Boracay, Smart achieved speeds of up to 209.66 mbps using the new technology, over twice the 100 mbps top speed of LTE. In the actual usage and test, a 10MB file download took just about a second to finish. This means that a typical 700MB movie file should take just over a minute to download with LTE-Advanced.
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