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PostSubject: Smart to offer mobile LTE up to 6Mbps   Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:33 pm

The details are still sketchy but an insider has tipped us last night
that Smart Communications will be launching mobile LTE (3GPP Long Term
Evolution) this week with promised speeds of up to 6Mbps per subscriber.

Back in November 2010, Globe demonstrated their mobile LTE with maximum speeds of up to 60Mbps.
Now, itís Smartís turn to offer LTE to the public (they also did field
tests back in November, about two weeks after Globe did theirs).
<blockquote>3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE), is the latest standard in
the mobile network technology tree that produced the GSM/EDGE and
UMTS/HSPA network technologies. It is a project of the 3rd Generation
Partnership Project (3GPP).

The LTE specification provides downlink peak rates of at least 100
Mbps, an uplink of at least 50 Mbps and RAN round-trip times of less
than 10 ms. (source: wikipedia)</blockquote>
Unlike the current 3G networks that all of the telcos provide, LTE
has a much higher bandwidth capacity so this could help solve the
congestion problem (read: slow 3G connections) a lot of the customers
are experiencing right now. Itís not clear how their new LTE offering
will position against the current 3G network.

LTE USB dongles will be provided (just like the Smart Plug-It dongles
they currently offer) for customers to hook up to the service and
corresponding monthly service fees have not yet been revealed.

While LTE can easily do between 50Mbps to 100Mbps, theyíll only offer
retail subscriptions between 4Mbps to 6Mbps to customers. Iíd expect
competitive pricing of these subscription to range from Php1,200 to
Php2,000 (but thatís just a hunch).

More on this as we get the details on pricing plans, subscription
speeds and supported devices. This is great news as we hope to get
better service from Smart. My SmartBro Share-It has been conking up for
the last few months.

Update 1: Theyíre calling it Smart Evolution.

Update 2: Public demo will be done in Boracay from April 21 Ė 24.
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