Smart, Sun Cellular complete P71-M interconnection

Posted at 10/31/2012 12:33 PM | Updated as of 10/31/2012 7:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sun Cellular subscribers may now experience better services after the firm completed a P71-million interconnection project with Smart Communications, Inc.

"The establishment of this resiliency or 'fail-safe' infrastructure gives Sun Cellular subscribers more reliable broadband connections," Rolando Pena, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Smart's Technology Group Head, said in a statement.

"The increased interconnection will also dramatically lessen, if not eliminate service down times," Pena added.

The project involved the creation of 16 interconnect links between Smart and Sun Cellular. The links, each with a capacity of 10 Gbps (gigabits per second), allow the two telcos to connect on high-capacity fiber optic cables.

Moreover, the interconnection project is also capable of carrying high-bandwidth services such as 4G HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) and 3G HSPA, apart from 2G services voice and SMS (Simple Message Service).

PLDT completed its acquisition of Sun Cellular in October 2011. Sun Cellular has been kept as a separate brand of the dominant telco alongside PLDT's wireless arm Smart.