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Smart Completes LTE & LTE-A Roll-out in Bulacan

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Smart subscribers in Bulacan can now look forward to a more improved connectivity as the company has officially finished the rolls out of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) across province.

Improved networks are now in place for Smart, Sun and TNT customers with enhanced LTE coverage and capacity in the Bulacan capital of Malolos, City of San Jose Del Monte, Obando, Balagtas, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, San Rafael and Pulilan, for example. Meanwhile, Dona Remedios Trinidad now has LTE for the first time.

Smart is also currently ramping up its carrier aggregation (CA) roll-out across the country. A major feature of LTE-A, CA combines two or more separate bands of radio frequencies to create a bigger pipe for faster data rates, and improve the overall user experience for streaming video, sending files on-the-go, and accessing information online, for example.

Internal tests showed speeds ranging from 40Mbps to 70Mbps have been reached using LTE-A capable smartphones in areas like the Bulacan State University in Malolos, San Rafael and Santa Maria, for example.

As a result of integrated network transformation efforts, PLDT and Smart were also recently cited for being the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks for Q1-Q2 2018, respectively, by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.

Smart also continues to lead in terms of LTE download speeds according to the latest Mobile Networks Update by independent mobile analytics firm OpenSignal. The report, which covered the months of May to July this year, showed Smart LTE download speeds nationwide at 13.09 Mbps (vs 7.34 Mbps). Open Signal has also cited Smart for providing its customers the best video experience in the Philippines.

Smart is on track to fulfilling its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission to cover 90% of the country’s cities and municipalities with 3G/LTE coverage by the end of this year. PLDT has committed historic levels of resources to support network transformation which is estimated to amount to US$ 5 billion from 2016 to 2020, with capital expenditures expected to reach P58 billion this year.

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