Smart halfway through nationwide LTE rollout, boosts mobile internet speed to 215 Mbps
Smart Communications Inc. is ramping up its network upgrades across the country to boost the reach of its mobile data services.
“We are halfway through in North NCR [National Capital Region], while we are close to completion in South NCR,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart senior vce president for Network Planning and Engineering.
“With these upgrades and our growing array of digital services and content offers, we look forward to serving our customers better with a truly superior experience where they can access relevant content using our robust network anytime, anywhere, using a combination of LTE-ready devices, Smart LTE SIMs and Smart’s newest and fastest network,” he added.
Internal tests conducted recently show that the average download speed on Smart’s LTE service is 21.5 Mbps in North NCR areas covering Quezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Novaliches, Malabon, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Manila, Makati, Pasay, and Marikina. An average of 14.4 Mbps was reached in South NCR areas Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Taguig and Parañaque.
These figures were bolstered by results of the latest J.P.Morgan Asia Network Quality study, which found that LTE availability in Metro Manila has increased from 49 percent at the start of the year to 63 percent in the latest study.