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Smart LTE network coverage on track to be 90% by yearend

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SMART Communications, Inc. is on track to have long-term evolution (LTE) coverage for wireless data services in over 90% of the country’s towns and cities by the end of the year, according to Smart Public Affairs Visayas-Mindanao head Maria Jane C. Paredes. As of end-June, she said, Smart had 12,600 LTE stations. “We went to Cebu and other key cities, and we also included in that program tourist destinations like Boracay before it was closed for rehabilitation, and north as far as Batanes, and south as far as Tawi-Tawi and other areas in northern and central Mindanao are now LTE-covered areas,” Ms. Paredes said in an interview. “Suffice it to say (that) in all the municipalities and cities, we can guarantee that there’s LTE in the metropolitan and urban areas. In the more remote municipalities, the town center at least has LTE coverage,” she added. Smart is the wireless services unit of PLDT, Inc. Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls. — Maya M. Padillo









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