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!
WHAT IS LTE-ADVANCED?
- 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”.
WHAT IS “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.
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