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Rappler's latest stories on LTE-A


LTE faster than WiFi-enabled fixed connections for PH smartphone users

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:31 PM

From August to November 2018, the Philiippines' download speeds average 9.6 Mbps for LTE, 7.6Mbps for WiFi-enabled fixed connections, and 6.3 Mbps connections for overall mobile connections including 2G and 3G

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Smart up by 1,300 LTE sites over Globe, according to latest figures

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Smart, as of the end of June 2018, has 12,600 LTE base stations while Globe, as of May 2018, has 11,300

Samsung heats up 5G race with reveal of 3.5-gigahertz technologies

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The South Korean tech giant claims their equipment is better and safer than that of their rival, China's Huawei Technologies

5G. Network technologies are about to make a big leap as the successor to LTE or 4G networks looms over the horizon. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

How fast are LTE internet speeds in Batanes? Here are the readings we got

May 19, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Speed tests show a high of 41 Mbps and a low of 1.54 Mbps in terms of download speeds, and two spots that had no signal

Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu also says Globe has allotted $850 million this year 'to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming'

WATCH: Batanes governor thanks Manny Pangilinan for LTE

May 08, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco also mentions Smart's promise of fast repairs should a typhoon come

VIDEO CALL. Manny Pangilinan, on the phone screen, talks to Batanes governor Marilou Cayco at the launch of Smart's LTE in Batanes

Batanes now LTE-connected

May 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Batanes hasn't had a reliable internet connection since Typhoon Ferdie hit the province in 2016. Smart's completion of its LTE network provides users a viable option to connect to the Internet.

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PH remains next to last in 4G speeds, availability in ASEAN – OpenSignal

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

OpenSignal says not a lot has changed in terms of mobile network speed and availability from its previous study in the Philippines 6 months ago

LIST: Provincial buses with free 42Mbps Smart WiFi

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Here's a list of buses and their routes that have been equipped with PLDT Smart Biz LTE that connects 45 mobile devices at speeds of up to 42Mbps.

How to check if your Smart SIM is LTE-capable

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:47 PM

If you're not getting the best possible speed, there's a chance that you're using an older non-LTE SIM

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 2, 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of the news you need to know this Thursday.

ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Philippines ranks near bottom in terms of LTE availability, speed – report

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:11 PM

OpenSignal's report says the Philippines ranked 69th in terms of 4G availability at 58.83% in terms of consistent accessibility. The country ranks 74th in terms of LTE connection speeds at an average speed of 8.24 Mbps.

PLDT unit spending P11 billion for faster internet

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:45 PM

In two years' time, the telco sees over 1.3 million DSL subscribers of PLDT enjoying faster internet speed

Smart LTE faster overall than Globe across PH – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Smart retains top spot in OpenSignal's second report on Philippine mobile networks

Smart to upgrade cell sites in Marikina, Quezon City

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:35 PM

This upgrade is expected to improve Smart's mobile data service, particularly long term evolution (LTE) and 3G, in the two cities

BETTER SERVICE? This comprehensive network modernization and expansion program is at the core of the PLDT group's digital pivot. Rappler file photo

PLDT to provide Wi-Fi to over 2,300 buses by end-2017

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:10 AM

PLDT says this will help bus operators comply with the government's plans to modernize the country's transport system

TECH UPGRADES. Over 2,000 buses nationwide will have Wi-Fi by the end of this year. Rappler file photo

Globe begins rollout of 2600 MHz wireless network tech

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The telco says the new massive MIMO technology improves capacity up to 6 times compared to a regular site

Globe to focus 2017 spending on mobile data, LTE infrastructure

Apr 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The telco which saw its 2016 net income take a slight hit aims to put up 1 200 new LTE 700 MHz sites this year

Smart reports PH's first successful 'Voice over LTE' call

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Voice over LTE uses LTE technology to make calls that are crystal clear with almost no background noise and is marketed as HD calling in some places

Smart expanding LTE coverage to more municipalities

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The expansion is part of Smart s 3 year network rollout plan where it told the NTC that it will make LTE progressively available to users in 1 551 cities and municipalities by 2018

PROMISE TO NTC. Smart vows to provide more users LTE service by 2017. Rappler file photo

PLDT partners with Huawei for 5G rollout in 2020

Feb 14, 2017 - 2:55 PM

In a recent visit to the Huawei headquarters PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan signs an agreement with the president of a unit of the Chinese ICT giant

IS PH READY? But before rolling out 5G here in the country, PLDT says it will focus on 'future-proofing' its network. Photo from PLDT Incorporated

Data products propels Globe towards P16B net income in 2016

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Mobile data now the telcos biggest contributor to total mobile revenues at 38 compared to 37 for voice

Smart targets Metro Manila for LTE coverage expansion

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The telco says its subscribers can experience improved coverage and quality of voice calls SMS and mobile internet as it expands its network in the next 3 months

DEPLOY MORE. 'This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country’s most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions,' Manuel Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of Smart and PLDT, says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Globe Telecom targets 500 more LTE 700 MHz cell sites by end-2016

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:05 AM

Globe Telecom accelerates the deployment of cell sites using the 700 MHz band amid a court battle against the Philippine Competition Commission regarding the San Miguel telco buyout

SPEED UP. These cell sites are expected to substantially improve mobile Internet experience of customers in the region. Image from Shutterstock

PLDT, Smart commit 3-year network rollout to NTC

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:35 AM

According to the network rollout plan Smart is rapidly expanding both the coverage and capacity of its LTE service

NETWORK COMMITMENT. PLDT, Smart submit 3-year network rollout planto NTC. In photo, PLDT Regulatory Head Ray Espinosa (6th from left) and PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor Joachim Horn (2nd from left) present copies of the plan to NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba (3rd from left). Photo from Smart Communications

Smart to use 700 MHz band to boost LTE network

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:35 AM

The telco says its new acquisition will lead to faster expansion of network coverage

Smart launches LTE-Advanced in the PH

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:35 PM

LTE A can reach speeds of up to 250 mbps It is now available in Boracay and will be present in other cities soon

HERE'S TO FASTER INTERNET. Smart Communications executives celebrate the launching of LTE-Advacned

Google opens US access to mobile phone service Project Fi

Mar 08, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Nexus smartphone users across the US can now sign up for Project Fi without waiting for an invite

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: The new Nexus 5X phone is displayed during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

4G LTE, solusi Internet ‘lemot’ di Indonesia?

Jan 08, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Apakah dengan adanya teknologi 4G LTE dapat menyelesaikan permasalahan Internet lemot di Indonesia?

Mengintip perkembangan 4G LTE dan permasalahan Internet lemot di Indonesia. Foto dari Tech in Asia

Ramon Ang: We hope to open 3rd major telco by 2016

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:58 AM

The moment we switch on our telco it will be a superior network San Miguel Corporation s Ramon S Ang says

3RD PLAYER. 'We're building a mobile broadband telecommunications network. We can switch on the network next year for people not to experience problem with telecom anymore,' SMC's Ramon Ang (3rd from left) says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Moving forward: Changing ways we communicate

Feb 20, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Take a walk down memory lane and see how communication has evolved through the years

7 reasons to switch to a bigger and better gadget

Feb 12, 2015 - 5:59 PM

Upgrade your lifestyle with the latest smartphone in the market

EASY TO HANDLE. Weighing 185 g and 7.9 mm body, you’ll be surprised at how much you can get out if its ultra thin design.

Globe expands LTE coverage in Visayas and Mindanao

Sep 26, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Globe partners with French firm Alcatel Lucent to upgrade the regions from WiMax to 4G in a bid to provide faster connectivity experience

Smart called out for 5G technology ads

Aug 21, 2014 - 7:15 AM

Smart s 5G looks to be the equivalent of previously accepted 4G speeds from a definition 4 years prior before a policy change muddied the waters

BRINGING 5G? An advertisement on Smart's website announces the arrival of 5G LTE-Advanced technology. Screen shot from Smart website.

PLDT rolls out 5,000 more 4G base stations

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:07 PM

PLDT President and CEO Napoleon Nazareno calls the expansion part of the company s thrust to provide broadband connectivity to the whole country

PLDT. File Photo by AFP.

Galaxy S5 gets Snapdragon 805, QHD update

Jun 19, 2014 - 3:15 PM

The rumored Galaxy S5 Prime gets the official S5 LTE A monicker and is available only in Korea

PLDT HOME Bro Ultera pioneers LTE connection for Filipino homes

May 22, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Should TD LTE start being a necessity in the home? How do you know if your family needs it? Check if your home’s Internet needs match these situations

CONNECT TO FUN. The Internet is now an indispensable part of family bonding at home

PLDT to increase base stations for LTE expansion

Apr 29, 2014 - 8:15 PM

PLDT plans on increasing its total number of base stations to expand its latest LTE offering for Internet seeking households

TD-LTE. Screenshot from PLDT Home Bro Ultera website.

TechRap: Mobile World Congress 2014 roundup

Mar 03, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Highlights from Mobile World Congress From a 25 smartphone running FireFox OS To the latest 800 smartphones from Sony and Samsung

ZTE unleashes massive Grand Memo II LTE

Feb 26, 2014 - 3:53 PM

ZTE updates its Grand Memo phablet with a 6 inch display and ultra thin 7 1mm form factor

Globe eyes high single-digit revenue growth

Feb 18, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Provided its data businesses for mobile broadband and fixed line keep growing Globe is looking at a good year ahead

REVENUE GROWTH. Globe looks to a good year if expectations of the company's mobile, broadband, and fixed line data businesses provide revenue growth support.

Globe to spend up to $650M for network upgrade

Feb 12, 2014 - 1:44 AM

Globe calls 2013 a transition year as the company improved its network and modernized its IT systems

REVENUE GROWTH. Globe is eyeing mid to high single digit revenue growth.

LTE-A mobile broadband speeds to hit 300Mbps in Korea

Jan 26, 2014 - 2:13 PM

Mobile Internet speeds in Korea will hit 300Mbps this year thanks to new band carrier aggregation technology

Smart-Globe race for faster internet connection heats up

Oct 14, 2013 - 7:26 AM

The race is heating up between rivals Smart Communications Inc and Globe Telecom Inc to provide subscribers with fast internet connection

FASTER INTERNET. LTE hunting at the University of Santo Tomas. File photo by Michael Josh Villanueva/Rappler

TechRap: Smartphone camera shootout

Jun 30, 2013 - 8:00 AM

We throw 3 smartphones the HTC One Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 into the TechRap battle for a camera phone shootout

The age of citizen journalism: Driven by conscience, fueled by technology

Apr 23, 2013 - 11:04 AM

But in less than a decade digital revolution has turned the existing model upside down It s long been said that information is power and the power has shifted from the heralds of yore to the empowered lot armed with their mobile phones and internet connectivity Every story they share is breaking news The old school calls it guerilla reporting the digital savvy call it citizen journalism

POWER SHIFT. Consumers are now fast becoming news authorities because of their ability to break news on any given platform.

PAL faces 'unforeseen expenses'

Mar 17, 2013 - 3:28 PM

Ramon Ang said they have to deal with unforeseen expenses before they can finally book profit

PAL PARTNERSHIP Ramon Ang and Lucio Tan at the PAL stockholders meeting on Friday 15 March

PLDT spending P2-B to expand fiber optic network

Mar 11, 2013 - 6:37 PM

This will help improve PLDT s mobile and data services

Blackberry Z10 announced for PH release

Mar 06, 2013 - 2:26 PM

The BlackBerry Z10 is coming to the Philippines and you can learn more here

STORYMAKER. The BlackBerry Z10 comes with a feature that lets you tell a story with your pictures and video.

Apple announces 128GB iPad for February 5 release

Jan 30, 2013 - 5:20 AM

Apple will begin selling a upgraded fourth generation iPad with 128GB of storage beginning February 5

MORE SPACE. This latest addition to the iPad family sports 128GB of storage capacity. Photo from Apple.