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Smart Communications, a unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., will deploy the Antenna-Integrated Radio (AIR) solution built by Ericsson, the first such installation in Southeast Asia.

MANILA, Philippines—Smart Communications, a unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., will deploy the Antenna-Integrated Radio (AIR) solution built by Ericsson, the first such installation in Southeast Asia.

The move would improve Smart subscribers’ coverage quality and allow them access to more advanced wireless technologies.

“We expect a vast improvement in coverage and swiftness of installation times to greatly benefit our subscribers, especially as we see increasing usage of mobile Internet in our network,” Rolando G. Peña, head of technology at Smart and PLDT, said in a statement.

To date, Ericsson has commercially deployed the AIR solution for both GSM and LTE networks of Smart. Tests show an improvement of as much as 73 percent in 3G coverage when using AIR. Ericsson’s AIR has fewer units and fewer interconnections compared with traditional site solutions, allowing a new standard or a new frequency band to be introduced easily.

PLDT earlier reported how mobile Internet usage continues to grow strongly among mobile subscribers of its wireless brands Smart and Sun Cellular. PLDT’s mobile Internet revenue increased by 49 percent as of end-June 2013, compared with that of a year ago.

PLDT operates the country’s most extensive network with over 9,835 cell sites, 15,116 cellular/mobile broadband base stations, and 2,898 fixed wireless broadband-enabled base stations, supported by over 71,000 kilometers of fiber optic cabling, serving over 73.4 million subscribers.

“Network solutions like AIR allow our already supercharged infrastructure to become even more future-proof, and able to serve the demands of present and more advanced technologies, such as LTE-Advanced,” Peña said.

Smart, already the country’s leader in current LTE with over 1,000 sites in almost 180 cities and municipalities successfully tested LTE-Advanced.

Deployed by operators in South Korea, the United Kingdom, and some South American firms, LTE-A is a next-generation mobile broadband technology that can deliver data rates in excess of 200 megabits per second (mbps) up to a possible 700mbps, in trials in Metro Manila and Davao City.

“When comparing 3G AIR with traditional 3G radio base stations, there is a marked improvement in coverage when using AIR. In addition, AIR simplifies and reduces installation lead times,” said Elie Hanna, president and country manager for Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands.


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  • delpillar

    Real LTE Drive Test Solutions ba ang ginamit?

    Sino ba ang nag-test? Independent System Integrators ba like NESIC or Kyowa-EXO.

    TO achieve 700Mbps downlink, there should be at least 40MHz bandwidth preferably 100MHz bandwidth using at least 8 MIMO Antenna. Currently, LTE is 10 – to 15-MHz bandwidth with theoritical 80Mbps downstream speed.

    The most important thing is that, the antenna or cell tower of micro/pico cell sites are connected by FIber-To-The-Antenna (FTTA) with 1Gbps fiber optic link up the top of the antenna.

    Spectrum from 800 to 990 MHz Band and 1800 to 2100 MHz Band are quite crowded. Nakakuha na ba ang SMART ng additional 40 to 100 MHz sa mga band/spectrum na ito.?

    Well kung interested kayo sa Drive Test Solution ay eto ang possible links:

    ______________________________________

    1. http:// rfsolutions DOT pctel DOT com/content.cgi?id_num=682

    2. http:// www DOT aricent DOT com/services/testing-wireless.html

    3. http:// www DOT anritsu DOT com/en-US/Products-Solutions/Test-Measurement/Mobile-Wireless-Communications/Drive-Test/index.aspx

    4. http:// www DOT jdsu DOT com/en-us/Test-and-Measurement/Products/markets/lte/Pages/default.aspx?rcode=lte

    5. Ericsson Drive Test

    6. Alcatel-Lucent Drive Test

    etc.



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