Smart set to complete cell site upgrade in QC
Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) is set to finish the first round of cell site upgrades in Quezon City this month.
These network upgrades are in line with the company’s efforts to deliver world-class internet service to its customers,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart senior vice president for network planning and engineering.
Recent internal tests showed LTE download speeds ranging from 29 Mbps to 224 Mbps in Batasang Pambansa and Quezon City Circle as Smart ramps up its roll-out of Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) and carrier aggregation (CA) technology across Metro Manila.
These speeds were reached using handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S7.
Average daily data revenue also increased in Quezon City by 23 percent, while LTE device usage was also up by 33 percent between September 2017 and March 2018.
Last year, Smart said it was doubling the number of LTE base stations in Quezon City and rolling out more sites to improve coverage, specifically indoor coverage, as well as increase each cell site’s capacity to handle more calls, text and data traffic.