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SMART Communications Inc. (Smart), a PLDT wireless subsidiary, eyes to finish the upgrade of more than 4,200 3G and LTE sites across the country as part of its network modernization effort before the year ends.
Joachim Horn, chief technology and information advisor for PLDT and Smart, said in a press statement that they are a little advance in their target to meet their commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission which is to meet 90 percent municipality coverage next year for 3G and 4G mobile broadband.
“We are already at about 89 percent, so we will definitely meet that target early next year,” Horn added.
For the past year, Smart has stepped up its mobile data roll-out significantly, particularly for LTE.
“This year, we more than doubled the number of sites which are capable of LTE,” said Horn, citing as an example Metro Manila, where about 90 percent of sites already have LTE.
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