20 August 2012

Launching: Smart 4G LTE(Long Term Evolution)

It's been a year since the testing of LTE took place from  November 2011 to March 2012 and now, on August 25, 2012, Saturday, Philippine Time, Smart Communications, Inc. will announce the launching of the much-awaited LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology.

With this news, Philippines will be the World's First that adapts this technology, and the Philippines will be joining of the growing of ranks of countries worldwide that offers the high-speed technology. Is it the Day of Judgment for the 3G network? Maybe, and it’s the beginning of the new world generation of experience that blows up our mind while we are in the 4th generation. So it is 4G now, how much will I pay for the service? Read more below:

Before we go to the 4G LTE network, let us review 3G first:
What is the 3G network?
3G( 3rd Generation ) is a term that represents 3rd generation of mobile telecommunications technology. With the compliance with the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000(MIT-2000) by specifications of the  International Telecommunication Union previously the International Telegraph Union( is the specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for information and communication technologies. Clint Smith, Daniel Collins. "3G Wireless Networks", page 136. 2000.
3G Data Rate
Without a doubt, sometimes, we are not curious about the history (maybe some of us and mostly) we are particularly interested in the data rates that some provider offers.
  • Data speeds of at least 144 kilobits per second (Kbps).

Application used for 3G
Mostly these requests have been useful in some areas.
  • Mobile TV and the Internet
  • Video Conferencing
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • The Internet(maybe slow  for us )

and now the main event....

Smart 4G LTE

What is 4G LTE?
4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a GSM EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) based standard for mobile phones.

Smart 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) - a wireless communication technology capable of transferring data up to 100Mbps and it will surpass 3G technology. Though, it is not new technology since it was available to some countries like US, Japan and another part of Europe. But for us Filipinos, we are able to experience the new technology 4G and the Philippines will go ahead of some Asia Pacific countries. Is, is good news for us?


In the blog of Smart LTE, You can read it here, they said that the 4G technology merely for the mobile users. Why? According to the Chief Technology of Cisco System(Cisco is a leading company that provides fast and quality speeds for network infrastructure), Dirk Wolter, that Filipinos mostly used mobile phones to connect and browse the internet. Probably because the Mobile network is a cheap, easy, and fast way to surf. 
And also, mobile network has become part of the person's lives.With this, Philippines will be the lead to the best mobile broadband technology experience ever. And for five years of 3G, LTE will now be preferred technology.

Smart 4G Availability
Initially, not all part of the Philippines will be available for the 4G. And it will only be available in Metro Manila. In the launching, Smart will set to activate 49 LTE base stations.

Smart LTE Price
  • P3500 for every 10GB. (too expensive for us? I think yes, 10GB can be consumed quickly in a day so if that is the case I'll be spending lots of money here...hmmm).
  • In the US, it is P500 for every 1GB.
  • Smart offers Huawei USB LTE stick for FREE, and charge P3500 monthly rate.
4G Data Rates
While 3G has a data speed of 144kb/s, 4G has a data speed up to 42Mbps.

Are you ready for the 4G technology? You can register with the invitation to join the launching http://apps.smart.com.ph/network.
Allows you to early adopts by putting your names, contact details, and email addresses...then you will be getting a PDF invitation, and you will print and present it in the Smart LTE's launching on August 25, 2012.

So what you are waiting for?  http://apps.smart.com.ph/network. But before you jump up to the excitement. Be advised that it will launch in Newport, Resorts World Manila, at 1 PM so if you are in Mindanao and you want to be present in the event then go fly and join the launching. :))

References:

http://www1.smart.com.ph/about/newsroom/press-releases/2012/08/18/smart-lte-commercial-rollout-among-world-s-first
http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/17/smart-communications-launch-4g-lte-network-philippines/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Telecommunication_Union
http://abuggedlife.com/2012/08/18/smart-lte-launch-plan-php-3500-for-10gb-per-month-comes-with-usb-dongle-at-42mbps/
http://thephilippinebeat.blogspot.com/2011/06/high-speed-smart-lte-4g-technology-is.html#.UDJk26llTkc
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