Smart vows to deliver world-class internet service nationwide
Smart Communications Inc. is ramping up the deployment of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and carrier aggregation technology to more areas this year to imrpove data coverage across the country.
Carrier Aggregation is a feature of LTE-A which enables the combination of two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and much faster data speeds to mobile phone users.
Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart SVP for network planning and engineering said, Smart has already fired up CCA technology in Baguio City in Benguet; Santa Rosa, Calamba and Biñan in Laguna; the cities of Iloilo, Bacolod, Tagbilaran and Ormoc in the Visayas; and the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, and Zamboanga in Mindanao.
In Marikina City, for example, customers with 4CC CA-capable devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 have reported enjoying data download speeds of over 200 Mbps.
4CC aggregation will be rolled out in more areas where there is a concentration of capable devices.
For this year, Smart has commited to double the number of LTE base stations to about 17,700 and raise the number of LTE-equipped cell sites to more than 6,800 this year.
Smart is also upping the ante by deploying another LTE-A based technology called 4×4 Multiple Input Multiple Output, which raises the radio frequency efficiency by using multiple antennas for sending and receiving data, Tamayo said.