Smart beefs up LTE network in Boracay
Smart Communications Inc. has expanded its long-term evolution (LTE) network coverage in Boracay to support sustainable tourism on the island.
The company already deployed LTE technology to 83 percent of its Boracay sites.
Of these LTE sites, 80 percent have been further upgraded to LTE-Advanced, which gives customers an even faster mobile data experience for better video viewing and mobile gaming.
Smart is also set to expand its LTE coverage and capacity across the island to better serve beachfront hotels and restaurants in the country’s premier tourist destination.
Boracay was the site of several technological firsts for Smart as well as the Philippines, including the firing up of LTE in 2012 and the deployment of LTE-A in 2016, in anticipation of the rise of bandwidth-heavy services such as video streaming and gaming.
Today, about 70 percent of Smart’s LTE sites across the country are already on LTE-A, including major towns and cities like Paoay in Ilocos Norte, Baguio in Benguet, San Fernando in Pampanga, Calamba in Laguna, Antipolo in Rizal, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Naga in Camarines Sur, San Jose in Antique, Bacolod in Negros Occidental, Tagbilaran in Bohol, Lapu-Lapu in Cebu, Ormoc in Leyte, Dipolog in Zamboanga del Norte, Koronadal in South Cotabato and Davao City, to name a few.
As of end of 2018, Smart increased the number of LTE base stations nationwide by over 86 percent year-on-year to about 16,200, while the number of 3G base stations also grew 17 percent to about 11,500. This massive deployment enabled Smart to provide mobile broadband in at least 90 percent of the country’s cities and municipalities.