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Smart to Deploy 1,400 New LTE Sites in Philippines

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Philippines Wireless services provider Smart has stepped up the roll-out of its new LTE network across the country to meet the growing demand for high-speed Internet services. As part of the current phase of network deployment, Smart is deploying a total of 1,400 new LTE sites, comprised of both FD-LTE and TD-LTE installations, to bring its total LTE footprint to more than 3,400 sites across the country.

The telco said it will be beefing up its mobile network infrastructure by adding 400 more mobile LTE sites, majority of which will be in Metro Manila.  This is part of the continuing roll out program for its LTE facilities. To complement its mobile LTE services, it is also rolling out 1,000 additional TD-LTE sites to support its fixed wireless service to homes. This will bring high-speed mobile broadband speeds to more cities and municipalities in Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal, Metro Manila among many others.

Smart recently activated its LTE-A network in Mactan Island, Cebu during the concluded 10th Asian Carriers Conference.

According to Smart, it is able to deploy a mix of fixed and wireless technologies because the PLDT Group has rolled out more than 90,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables around the country. It has also modernized its mobile network to make more than 10,000 sites 4G, enabling it to quickly roll out LTE services via a simple software update. 

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