Smart adds third band on its LTE network

Wireless operator Smart Communications has announced it will offer multi-band Long Term Evolution (LTE) service on a new frequency, allowing the company to eventually accommodate new LTE devices such as the newly launched iPhone 5.

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According to PLDT-Smart technology group head Rolando G. Peña, Smart is using its 850MHz spectrum to make LTE available on Band 5. The announcement comes just a week after the telco bolstered its Band 1 (2100MHz) LTE service with the addition of Band 3 (1800Mhz).

Peña explained that the 850MHz frequency — which has wider radial reach — provides the umbrella ‘coverage layer’ to Smart’s LTE network. It also provides better indoor signals and complements the LTE 2100MHz and 1800MHz frequencies.

It must be emphasized, however, that the current LTE offering of Smart is that of broadband LTE for laptops and PCs accessed through an LTE dongle. It has not yet announced a mobile version for its LTE service.

From a device perspective, Peña explained that with more bands, the consumer ultimately benefits because more LTE-enabled devices will work on the Smart network.

Smart’s multi-band LTE coverage will also benefit tourists in the country using handsets and other devices from abroad.

Smart is also currently Philippine operator that offers commercial broadband LTE service. Its initial offering, Smart LTE Plan 3500, comes with a free a multi-band LTE dongle, and can be used on an unlimited basis until October 25, 2012.

Dubbed the fastest wireless technology in the world today, LTE is capable of download speeds of over 100Mbps — several times faster than present-day 3G and HSPA+ standards.

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 the 850MHz, 1800MHz, and 2100MHz frequencies.

3 Comments

  1. Pot

    February 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    It’s 2014 now and they are still not activating that.

    • JM

      March 13, 2015 at 9:12 AM

      YUP..still it’s 2015 already.

  2. Aldwin Rexter Eviota

    May 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    please activate the 1800 and 850 band frequency.. my huawei E5377 is useless.. when is the smart going activate this?

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