Goodbye slow Internet? Smart says network now on 5G LTE-A

Posted at 08/14/14 9:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Now you can download a 10MB file in less than a second. This according to Smart Communications, which on Thursday said its network is now running on 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), .

Smart said it recently switched on LTE-A, which delivers data from between 100 megabits per second (mbps) to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), or ten times faster than 3G services and more than twice as fast as 4G services.

The telco said it is only one of several carriers around the world with an LTE-A network, along with leading mobile operators in South Korea, United States, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.

"Even as our 3G and 4G networks continue to be unrivaled, Smart becomes the first operator to leap into the future and put the Philippines at par with the world’s most advanced countries in terms of mobile communications technology,” Orlando B. Vea, Smart chief wireless advisor, said.

Smart noted that with LTE-A, a 10MB file takes less than a second to download, YouTube videos no longer have to buffer, and video calls are almost lag-free.

LTE-A also has the capability to allocate more network resources to users when the need arises.

Smart started testing LTE-A across the country in August last year, delivering results of more than 100Mbps in Makati City, in Boracay, and in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival.