PLDT unveils new LTE network

Posted at 04/24/2014 4:49 PM | Updated as of 04/24/2014 4:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said it has installed the country’s first Time-Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) sites from Cagayan province in northern Luzon to Davao del Sur in Mindanao.

PLDT Technology Group Head Rolando Peña said the sites would complement the company's efforts to provide broadband to the entire country through fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and Next Generation Network (NGN) services.

PLDT invested P2 billion for the TD-LTE, a wireless data transmission technology under the international standard of LTE.

"We are using LTE-FDD for our mobile networks and TD-LTE for fixed wireless broadband services, running on separate frequency bands. This ensures sufficient capacity for our fixed and mobile high-speed broadband services," he said.

The Philippines TD-LTE network is said to be one of the biggest deployments in Asia Pacific with over 200 base stations and an allocated bandwidth of 100 megabits per second.
 
Peña said PLDT will build more TD-LTE sites this year. "We are committed to bring internet access to each city and municipality in the country. TD-LTE will help us achieve that objective," he said.

Aside from Metro Manila and Cebu, other TD-LTE sites are in various parts of northern and central Luzon, southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.