This just in! Smart Communications Inc. will finally commercially launch their 4G LTE network on August 25. And guess what, we already have the details for that.
Smart will initially offer the same Huawei E392 USB LTE stick for free at P3,500 a month. We are not yet sure if that monthly plan has a set data limit or is unlimited.
Another thing is that their LTE service will be initially available here at Metro Manila only at the following locations:
Taguig - The Fort
Makati City - Salcedo and Legaspi Village
Quezon City - Cubao, UP Diliman, ADMU
Pasig City - Ortigas
Pasay City - SM Mall of Asia
Manila - Binondo
Muntinlupa – Alabang
Smart will flip the switch of a total of 49 LTE base stations at launch.
More details soon!
UPDATE: And, it’s official. Smart will only have one LTE data plan at launch, the 10GB monthly plan priced at P3,500.
UPDATE 2: Smart Communications just issued the full press release.
Smart launches the Philippines’ first commercial LTE service on August 25
[18 August 2012] The Philippines’ leading cellular company Smart Communications, Inc. announced today that it will launch on August 25 the country’s fastest fourth generation (4G) mobile broadband commercial service running on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
The announcement comes after a year of LTE test deployments conducted by PLDT’s wireless subsidiary in various parts of the country.
“Come August 25th, the Philippines joins the growing ranks of countries offering high-speed mobile broadband via LTE. This will be a boon to our customers and help power the country’s development,” said Smart President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno.
“The Philippines’ first and only LTE service is here and it’s running on Smart’s ‘super-charged’ mobile network,” said Smart Chief Wireless Adviser Orlando B. Vea. “If you want to be part of the launch, please go to www.smart.com.ph/lte and download your e-invite,” Vea added.
Smart’s LTE service is capable of delivering data wirelessly at speeds of up to 42 mbps. This makes possible downloading large files in minutes instead of hours, streaming high definition videos with no buffering, and playing online games with no lag because of its high speed and low latency.
“LTE provides the cutting edge for our mobile broadband network which is also equipped with HSPA+, HSPA and 3G facilities,” said Smart wireless consumer division head Emmanuel Lorenzana. “This combination of wireless broadband technologies enables Smart to provide customers with unmatched mobile broadband services in more parts of the country.”
Smart’s LTE deployment was made possible by the PLDT Group’s P67.1 billion network technology refresh program which has replaced the base station equipment in all of Smart’s over 9,500 base stations nationwide with 4G-ready facilities.
“This enables us to quickly and easily expand our LTE network depending on market demand,” Vea said.
This program has also strengthened the PLDT Group’s fiber optic networks and overseas fiber optic cable systems to ensure that high-speed broadband services offered via LTE will be fully supported.
Several LTE sites located in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Boracay have already been active months prior to the commercial launch.
To date, Smart LTE has powered several events such as the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and the Kadayawan Festival in Davao as it streamed the festivities online in full high definition.
During The First Philippine LTE Forum held last Aug. 13, 2012, various speakers from Smart and its technology partners Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, and NTT Docomo showcased the many potential uses of LTE.
They cited possible applications of LTE in security and surveillance services, transportation management, health care and education.
“LTE is particularly suited for bandwidth-heavy applications that require real-time delivery of video services,” Lorenzana explained.
“With Smart LTE, we can expect great things to happen in the near future,” said Nazareno. “This will enable Filipinos to Live Faster and to Live More,” he ended.