I remember the first time Smart Communications introduced LTE. I was one of the bloggers who tested this great technology in the island of Boracay. Back then, I was so amazed at what it can do!
I ask myself now, could this get even better? The answer is YES!
Two years after the deployment of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G technology in the country, Smart just announced that 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) is now running in the Philippines' largest and strongest network.
Smart switched on LTE-A at the Smart Jump Center in Mandaluyong City recently, setting the next phase of mobile communication technology beyond 4G LTE standards.
LTE-A, also referred to as ‘5G’ by reports on leading global mobile operators AT&T and T-Mobile, delivers data from between 100 megabits per second (mbps) to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than 3G services and more than twice as fast as 4G services.
Co-founder and Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart Orlando B. Vea (first from left) during the tests of 5G LTE-A in Smart last year, where speeds reaching 209.66 mbps were recorded.
By firing up LTE-A technology on its network, Smart joins only a handful of carriers around the world with an LTE-A network, along with leading mobile operators in South Korea, United States, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.
- a 10MB file takes less than a second to download
- YouTube videos no longer have to buffer
- video calls are almost lag-free
- capability to allocate more network resources to users when the need arises.
Smart started testing LTE-A across the country in August last year, delivering results of more than 100Mbps in Makati City, in Boracay, and in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival.