Smart: LTE coverage has tripled since launch

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Smart Broadband Internet and Data Services Head Lloyd Manaloto said that with the expanded LTE coverage, the telco ?expects a surge in LTE usage in the coming weeks.? ?The expansion of Smart LTE?s coverage comes at an opportune time because of the introduction of very popular LTE-enabled gadgets,? Manaloto said. ?In fact, a number of these have already been sold locally over the holidays,? he added. New additions to the growing number of LTE-powered establishments now include Bulgogi Brothers at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Mongkok restaurant at Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City, Gigi Coffee and Cupcake at Eastwood City Walk Libis, Quezon City, Precious Moments Showroom along Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City, Seattle?s Best Coffee at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, Wendy?s Burger Restaurant at Robinsons Place Ermita Manila, and Hanayo Korean Restaurant along Antonio St. Manila. ?We didn?t expect to have been able to expand this quickly especially when you look at what?s happening globally ? it is certainly a good sign,? Manaloto said. To help Smart subscribers identify if LTE is available in a particular place, Smart has distributed specially marked Smart LTE ?Sticker Pins?. Similar in appearance to those used in online map services, Smart?s LTE Pins help make the wireless service ?visible? to its customers. ?If you see the pin, LTE is there ? all you need to do is to take a seat and enjoy our connection speeds of up to 42Mbps,? Manaloto said. Manaloto added that apart from letting guests know of LTE?s presence, the sticker pins will also help bring in additional business to partner merchants. ?It?s no different from having a credit card logo on your door,? said Manaloto. ?Smart LTE essentially becomes a value-added service ? one that is virtually of no cost to the proprietor,? he added. Smart LTE is also present in certain residential areas in Metro Manila and in select areas in Boracay, Cebu, and Davao. Smart LTE is available in Broadband Plans 3500, 1749, and 1299 with a free USB dongle and can be used on an unlimited basis until March 31, 2013. Monthly caps of 21GB, 10GB, and 5GB for the Broadband Plans shall take effect, respectively, after the promo period. ]]>

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