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Smart Communications Inc. fired up the first three cell site supporting the 700MHz frequency (4G Extended)

Smart Communications Inc. fired up the first three long-term evolution cell sites using the 700-megahertz spectrum (4G Extended), following its co-acquisition of the telecommunication company of San Miguel Corp.

In a post by its external relations team on Facebook, a speed test using a cell site in Tanay, Rizal Speed tests showed a whopping 222mbps. 

This comes after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) last week approved Smart to use the frequencies 720.5 to 738 and 775.5 to 793 MHz. 

Earlier this week, its competitor Globe also fired up its first 700MHz cell site, registering 100Mbps speed. Last week, the NTC approved for Globe's use the frequencies 703 to 720.5 and 758 to 775.5 MHz. 

PLDT Inc. (Smart's parent company), and Globe Telecom Inc. last Monday executed a sale and purchase agreement to buy out SMC from Vega Telecom Inc. — along with prized radio frequencies — for P69.1 billion.

Now what is 700MHz ?

The 4G spectrum at 700MHz called 4G Extended. This provides better coverage in rural locations and is more effective at penetrating walls and buildings. The 700MHz spectrum used to be reserved for free-to-air TV (specifically UHF channels 52 through 69), the old analogue network that’s now been shut down and as such has been relicensed to us to use on mobile networks.

 Learn more about 700MHz  read Here

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