Philippines mobile operator Smart Communications has stepped up the roll-out of its new LTE network across the country, Telecompaper.com reported on Sept 19, 2014. As part of the current phase of network deployment, Smart is deploying 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.
Smart will add 400 more mobile LTE sites, most of which will be located in the Metro Manila area. To complement its mobile LTE services, the operator 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 others.
Smart’s FTTH network is currently available in 1,463 areas/villages in 121 cities and municipalities. By year-end, it is expected to be available in 1,725 areas/villages with a total capacity of 300,000 lines.