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Smart’s LTE users jump 82%

Smart Communications said the number of mobile subscribers who upgraded to Long-Term Evolution and LTE-Advanced SIMS and devices surged 82% year on year.

Smart Communications said the number of mobile subscribers who upgraded to Long-Term Evolution and LTE-Advanced SIMS and devices surged 82% year on year.

“By encouraging our customers to shift to LTE, we can achieve our goal of providing them the best customer experience,” said Alfedo S. Panlilio, president and CEO of Smart.

As of the end of September this year, Smart increased the number of its 4G/LTE base stations by about 5,500, boosting the total to 21,700 across the country.

Mobile service revenues rose 20 percent to P52.6 billion, with internet revenues growing 47 percent to P34.5 billion on the back of the surge in mobile internet traffic of Smart, TNT and Sun mobile brands, which reached 1.1 exabytes (1106 PB), twice the volume recorded last year.

Driving the dramatic increase in data traffic are the use of video and e-games, both of which require the support of a good mobile network.

The share of data and broadband to PLDT’s total service revenues continued to increase.

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