Smart expands LTE to multi-band

Ronnel Domingo
05 Sep 2012

Smart Communications announced it has extended its LTE commercial service into a multi-frequency offering, using both the 2,100-MHz and 1,800-MHz bands.

The move follows the August 25 debut of Smart’s LTE network running on 2,100-MHz only.

“Offering LTE in multiple frequencies will give subscribers greater flexibility as multi-band LTE means better coverage whether in densely- or sparsely-populated areas, as well as a wider range of compatible devices,” said Rolando G. Peña, head of the technology group at Smart.

Peña added that the expanded service will also allow for the seamless international interoperability of LTE devices, which Smart will offer soon.

To encourage uptake, Smart is offering LTE through an unlimited data plan for those who will sign up by October 25, after which a 10G limit will be imposed.

The package, priced at 3,500 pesos (about $84) monthly, includes a multi-band-capable USB dongle that can be used with both Windows and Mac.

A week before Smart’s LTE launch, rival Globe Telecom also announced that it will debut its own network in September, but initially for broadband data services only and available in the financial district of Makati City within the national capital region of metropolitan Manila.

Globe officials said the company will expand its LTE offering to a full range of mobile phones by the fourth quarter this year.

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