- North and South Luzon networks complete 90-day observation period
- SMART network demonstrates consistently high performance in all key performance indices
- Apart from delivering a superior network quality experience, new equipment supplied by Ericsson enables the deployment of next generation services such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology to more areas nationwide
Tests conducted by network turnkey provider Ericsson revealed that Smart Communications, Inc.’s North and South Luzon networks showed consistently high performance in all key performance indices (KPIs).
“As part of the completion of our network transformation project with Smart in North and South Luzon, we closely monitored and tested the performance of the upgraded network for 90 days, starting from June 30 onwards,” Ericsson CTO for Philippines and Pacific Islands, Lawrence Macalintal, stated. “We have tested the different KPIs which Smart has prioritized, including call setup success rate and call drop rate.”
Data recorded prior to the network transformation program reveals that network performance in North and South Luzon improved after the transformation was completed in June.
“We tested the same KPI parameters before and after the site swaps, and the tests show improvement in all areas after the 90-day observation period,” Macalintal said.
Macalintal said that the tests were part of Ericsson’s service delivery to Smart.
“We are pleased to share the results of the observation period given to us by Ericsson,” said Smart Technology Services Division Head Mar G. Tamayo. “This shows that we have indeed been able to create a supercharged network in North and South Luzon, and have also improved our customers’ experience in those areas.”
Apart from delivering a superior network quality experience, new equipment such as the Ericsson RBS6000 radio base station makes possible the deployment of next generation services such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology to more areas nationwide.
“With the help of the new equipment from Ericsson, we will be able to realize our vision of bringing LTE closer to all Filipinos,” said Tamayo. “We believe this technology will contribute greatly towards increasing productivity, attracting foreign investment to the country, and providing Filipinos with an excellent mobile experience,” he said.
Smart is one of the first in the world to offer commercial LTE, joining the ranks of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, and the only one to use LTE in three bands.