|Smart Deploys New Equipment to Intensify Cellular and Wi-Fi Services in LRT-1|
Determined to improve the mobile experience of 600,000 daily commuters of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1, Smart Communications has resolved to upgrade its cellular network coverage in the area.
The broad initiative will beef up Smart's 2G, 3G, and 4G network coverage in LRT-1. State-of-the-art equipment is already being deployed at the stations and platforms, inside the coaches, and, along the tracks. Carrier-grade Smart Wi-Fi are also being installed in the 20 stations and platforms, and eventually inside the coaches.
In addition, Smart has also heightened its coverage inside the LRT-1 depot in Pasay City to cater to the needs of Smart subscribers working for the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), which operates the line. LTE speeds have since gone up to 25mbps outside the depot, and 12mbps inside.
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These initiatives are all part of a major network expansion in Metro Manila to improve the overall quality of service available to Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers. Similar network improvements are also underway for both LRT-2 and MRT-3.
In line with this, LRMC, which is partly owned by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), an affiliate of Smart, is also rehabilitating the oldest of the three elevated trains serving Metro Manila.
The rehabilitation includes the modernization of its 20 stations, and the extension of the existing line from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in Pasay City to Bacoor, Cavite.
Smart is looking to quadruple its indoor LTE coverage and double its indoor 3G coverage by deploying new base station equipment in about 2,500 cell sites that use low frequency bands such as 700MHz, 850MHz, and 900MHz for its LTE and 3G services in Metro Manila. The rollout also includes deploying high-frequency bands like 1800MHz and 2100MHz.