Smart optimizes LTE network to meet lockdown demand for data


Posted at Apr 21 2020 01:17 PM

People use their mobile phones at an event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taguig. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - PLDT Inc said Tuesday it would optimize the LTE capacity of its mobile unit Smart to meet high mobile data demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smart will reallocate its assigned 1800 MHz frequencies to 4G/LTE from 2G. This will increase the network's capacity on the faster $G band, PLDT said in a statement.

The reallocation has started in the Visayas region last April 12 and will continue nationwide over the next 2 weeks, it said.
"We are optimizing our network resources and using our frequencies in the most efficient way possible," PLDT-Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering Mario Tamayo said.

Millions in the Philippines are under stay at home orders until April 30 to stop the spread of COVID-19.