Smart expands network capacity in 53 provinces

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Smart Communications (Smart) is expanding its network capacity in 53 provinces nationwide using new frequencies formerly assigned to the telecoms businesses of San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

So far, the telco has fired up 108 cell sites in different parts of the country using the additional 1800 MHz spectrum from SMC.

Joachim Horn, chief technology and information advisor at Smart, said that the operator has deployed 108 cell sites in different parts of the country using the additional 1800-megahertz (MHz) frequency spectrum formerly assigned to San Miguel Corp.

“Having access to these frequencies is just one part of our massive network program. We will have to expand the capacity of our transmission links and international circuits, in order to handle the expected rise in data traffic. We will need to work with device manufacturers so we can help customers upgrade to more sophisticated, but increasingly more affordable handsets and devices that can take advantage of the new powerful network that is being put in place,” he said.

Initially, Smart is using 1800 MHz to enable its 2G network to handle more calls and text messages in dense urban areas in Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon and some areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

This complements an initiative to use the additional frequencies to strengthen Smart’s LTE (Long-Term Evolution) service throughout the country.