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The internet will never be the same again in the Philippines. Take a look at the photo below.

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We were just informed that wireless services leader, Smart Communications, finally announced that 5G wireless technology LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) is now available and running in the Philippines. For the 1st time, mobile data consumers will be able to experience up to 1 gigabit per second mobile data speed. Some of you might even remember that the said connection was trialed last year in Davao, Makati and Boracay.

This smart move, pun intended, makes the Philippines one of the handful carriers around that world with an LTE-A network.

Orlando B. Vea, founder and Chief Wireless Adviser of Smart said, “Even as our 3G and 4G networks continue to be unrivaled, Smart becomes the first operator to leap into the future and put the Philippines at par with the world’s most advanced countries in terms of mobile communications technology.”

Just How Fast is LTE-A?

An MP3 song with 192kbps bitrate is usually around 5-6mb. With LTE-A, such file can be completely downloaded in less than a second. But LTE-A is not just about speed because it also has the capability to allocate more network resources to users when the need arises like during crisis and to even accommodate the rising demand for data.

According to Ramon Isberto, this multi-pronged approach by Smart and its parent company, PLDT, have been in the lead when it comes to network improvement to address the various needs for internet and data services in the market. Filipinos are the ultimate beneficiaries of the group’s strategy.

Strategies such as Fiber-to-the-Home, Next Generation Network, Time-Division Duplex LTE, Frequency-Division Duplex LTE and vDSL are meant to bring internet to every Filipino home.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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