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Boracay, PH – Smart Communications Inc., the leading telco in the Philippines rolled out LTE-Advanced today in Boracay. So what’s LTE-Advanced really? Read on below to find out!


  • LTE-Advanced (also referred to as 4.5G or LTE-A) is the next stage of development of 4G mobile technology.
  • LTE-A is LTE with a turbo boost.
  • It has significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services.
  • Smart’s initial deployment of LTE-A in Boracay uses a capability called “carrier aggregation”.


  • “Carrier aggregation” refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands to power LTE connectivity.
  • You can liken it to putting together two or more separate highways in order to create a much wider highway, through which vehicular traffic (or data) can flow more freely and at a much faster rate.

What can I do with the LTE-Advanced?

  • With LTE-A, you can have a significantly better and more consistent experience when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy activities like video, audio-streaming and gaming, among others.

What is the maximum information rate/speed?

  • In Boracay (where LTE-A is initially deployed), using LTE-A capable devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, the Smart network posted data speeds of up to 250 Mbps on a single-user basis.
  • With wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests. If there are several users, lower speeds will be experienced – about 100-150 Mbps.

Chief Technology and information advisor of Smart and PLDT – Joachim Horn discussed the difference of LTE-Advanced with the existing LTE.

Catch updates straight from Boracay, Aklan starting 6:30pm, through the SMART Communications Facebook account and @LiveSmart Twitter and instagram accounts. Join the conversation with the hashtag #SmartLTEAdvanced!

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