Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has made its Long Term Evolution (LTE) service accessible in several areas across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as it fires up new LTE cell sites nationwide.
According to Smart Broadband Internet and Data Services Head Lloyd Manaloto, the latest round of expansions is the largest and most expansive the telco has achieved ever since the service was made available commercially in August of last year.
“Just a couple of weeks ago we said that LTE has outpaced 3G in terms of initial deployment,” said Manaloto. “The simultaneous introduction of LTE around the country is proof of that and it’s all thanks to the Philippines’ first and only 100% super-charged network,” he said.
Several areas in Davao City in Mindanao, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Bacolod City in Visayas, and Baguio City, Laoag City, San Fernando City, Cabanatuan City, Urdaneta City, Antipolo City, Olongapo City, Tagaytay City, and Dagupan City in Luzon now have access to Smart’s world-class LTE service.
The deployment extends Smart LTE’s presence as it covers a total of 46 cities and 69 municipalities nationwide.
“What’s more, we are also extending our unli period for one month–Smart LTE Broadband services can now be used on an unlimited basis until April 30, 2013,” Manaloto added.
Powering Smart LTE is the most comprehensive fiber optic cable (FOC) network in the Philippines.
With 54,000 kilometers of FOCs installed across the country, Smart, together with parent company PLDT, boast of over four times more fiber power than its competition.
“Fiber optic cables uses beams of light to communicate from the core network to our base stations,” said Manaloto. “This gives Smart a clear ‘fiber optic advantage’ which simply cannot be matched by any other network,” he added
Smart LTE is available in Plans 1299*, 1749*, and 3500* with a free USB-dongle or with a Pocket WiFi device for a one-time fee of P2,000.
LTE can also be enjoyed on an unlimited basis on Smart LTE Postpaid Plan 2000 with a free Sony Xperia V or on Smart LTE Postpaid Plan 1500 with a free ZTE T82 Android smartphone.
Smart also offers LTE connectivity to iPhone 5 postpaid plan subscribers.
For more information on Smart’s LTE plans and to view the complete coverage map, visit www.smart.com/lte or go to a Smart Store nearest you.