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PLDT, Smart in the final stages of network transformation program

With Globe just inking their $700M network upgrade project contract with partners for their a few days ago, Smart is already on the final stretch of their own fast-tracked, nationwide PhP 67.1-billion network transformation program.

Once complete, the program is expected to benefit close to 50 million Smart subscribers all over the country, by further enhancing the reliability and quality of its wireless services, including SMS, call, and data services, and Internet access to even the most remote barrios and barangays.

The biggest winner here would be Huawei, a leading global provider of commercial telecom networks, and like Globe is also PLDT and Smart’s partner in their network upgrade initiative.


Eric Xu, Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Huawei and Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT and Smart.

To date, PLDT and Smart have modernized and optimized the network covering the entire Visayas and Mindanao areas, and Bicol in Luzon, with the rest of the country to follow soon. Aside from Huawei, PLDT and Smart are also working with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Network on the program.

“œWhile the rest of the industry is just about to lay the groundwork, we’ve already passed the halfway mark of this landmark network undertaking,” said Orlando B. Vea, co-founder and Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart.

Originally scheduled to run for three years after its launch in early 2011, the program is scheduled for completion by the middle of this year ““ taking only a total of a year and a half.

“œMost importantly, our subscribers have already been enjoying the fruits of this endeavor, including superior voice connection and quality, quicker SMS delivery, enhanced data connection speeds, nationwide coverage, and zero downtime, especially in times of disasters,” added Vea.

Once fully completed, PLDT and Smart also expect the transformation program to allow it to reach “œblackout areas”, or places that used to have no broadband Internet access — enabling Internet penetration to even the most remote areas of the country.

To date, PLDT and Smart have over 45,000 kilometers of looped fiber optic cabling, fully covering mainland Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

“œWe have clearly built the most advanced and superior network in the country. To us, all this translates to the best communication experience and mobile lifestyle for our subscribers,” said Vea.

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  • Ed

    You’re right Cavs, ang panalo dito ang Huawei, not either the telcos or consumers… pero let’s see pa rin kung ano ang outcome nito…

    • jp

      Ang ginawa lang dyan ay pinalitan lang yung cabinet na dati ay magkakahiwalay 2G (1800, 900), 3G (2100, 850) sa mas maliit at magkasamang bands.

    • jp

      pero mostly parin ng lugar sa Luzon ay wala pang rollout ng 3G 🙁

    • Secret

      Hindi ba yan 4G LTE na upgrade?

  • Ed

    wushuuu PR lang yan!

  • I hope more and more promos will be published! More low rates plans along the way!

  • Smart’s signal is a crap! Dito s bulacan pag pumasok kn ng bahay wala na signal!! Pag nasa qc aq may mga areas n npka hina ng signal lalo pg pmpasok kn ng bldg.. Unlike globe malakas at mbilis ang signal, mabilis internet! Lets see pag matapos ang upgrade nila kung may improvement.. Pero il take that with a truck load of salt.

    • jp

      May mali sa pagkakaplanning ng cellsites 🙂

  • Carmelita Melegrito

    Sana maayos din even customer service especially on erroneous problems in terms of payment through smart money. Dapat kapag wala sa biller code ang account number na binayaran ng subscriber may control na magpopromt na mali ang binabayaran para hindi mahirap sa side ng subscriber nareturn back ang payment na naibayad sa maling transaction at the same time hindi rin downtime o additional trabaho para sa mga empleyado ng smart at pldt.

  • Griswold

    baket ganun naka hspa ako sa smart bro pero download speed ko sa torrent 20k lang max?

    • Ed

      boss ang alam ko, may capping na ginawa sila sa P2P connections… mas mabilis pa ang direct download kaysa torrent… kahit sa Globe… unless wired ang connection mo…

      • Griswold

        oh i see… ganun pala. thanks! so hindi pala usable ang mga mobile broadband for home use. nagaadvertise pa sila ng mga hspa+ at lte eh hindi rin pala maooptimize sa torrent. hmpf.