Smart conducts ?first? mobile LTE test, but no launch date yet

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[/caption] ?This is another major step forward for Smart and the Philippine mobile industry in general,? said PLDT-Smart technology group head Rolando Pe?a. Smart technology services division head Mar G. Tamayo placed a call from the PLDT office in Cebu City to Smart wireless consumer division head Noel Lorenzana in Makati City. Overseas calls were also made by Huawei Wireless Technology Head Li Zhi Chao from Cebu to the Huawei Head office in China and by Smart representatives to the NTT DoCoMo office in Japan. ?We are now in a position to offer not only high-speed data services on our LTE network, but also seamless voice and SMS services,? Pe?a said. The Philippines? first LTE operator, Smart launched its LTE service on August 25. Named Smart LTE, it is the country’s first next generation mobile broadband service, offering high-speed data services of up to 42Mbps on dongles. The company has also announced that data service will be made available using pocket WiFi devices which will enable non-LTE phones, tablets, laptops, and even ?smart? appliances to access the high-speed broadband service. The next step is to offer voice services via LTE-enabled smartphones. [caption id="attachment_5219" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Huawei wireless technology head Li Zhi Chao makes an overseas LTE call to the Huawei head office in China"][/caption] According to Pe?a, voice calls done over Smart LTE use the same set of techniques and technologies used by telcos in the United States and Europe. ?As simple as it may sound, not all LTE operators are capable of supporting voice and text. It takes much more than just having both an LTE and a 3G network,? Pe?a said. ?We do not rush into offering the latest services, especially when that means sacrificing quality,? he said. Smart LTE was initially offered on Plan 3500 and can be used on an unlimited basis until October 25, 2012. ]]>

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