Smart Communications announced that it has launched its multi-frequency service LTE to their customers. Smart LTE will now be operating on both 2100MHz and 1800Mhz bands. The company’s LTE commercial service which was launched on August 28 ran initially at 2100 MHz.
Multi-frequency translates to better coverage according to PLDT-Smart Technology group head Rolando G. Peña. It means fewer to no buffering when watching streaming HD videos or playing games with no or few lag. Smart uses the same technology deployed by Japanese telecommunications firm, NTT DoCoMo. According to Smart, NTT DoCoMo was a pioneer of LTE.
In a press release Peña wrote, “Smart has a history of offering its mobile services in multi-band configurations. Our GSM connection runs on 900Mhz and 1800MHz bands, and our 3G, HSPA, and HSPA+ connections run on both 850MHz and 2100MHz. These combinations give our service superior reach, flexibility, and resiliency.”
Smart also announced that together with Smart LTE, parent company PLDT has installed more than 54,000 kilomers of Fiber Optic Cabling. These cables connect Smart’s cell sites to the company’s core network. Fiber Optic Cabling also makes it possible for PLDT to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) fixed broadband services with what the company described as “blazing speeds up to 100 MBps.”
PLDT and Smart President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno added in a press release that “this combination of lTE and FTTH gives the PLDT group unmatched capabilities to serve the requirements of its customers for mobile and fixed broadband services.”
Smart announced that subscriber plans begin with Smart LTE Plan 3500. As part of their launch promo, Smart LTE will be unlimited until October 25, 2012. Each user is given a monthly data allowance of 10GB, and will begin on that day. Plan 3500 will include multi-band USB dongle that works for both PCs and Macs.