Smart is deploying Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to all of its Eastern Visayas sites, as well as adding more LTE capacity and rolling out more sites by the end of the year. This is in order to further improve the mobile internet experience of customers in the region.

It is already available across the region’s major cities of Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte, and was recently fired up in the Eastern Samar capital city of Borongan, the tourist town of Guiuan, Northern Samar capital of Catarman City, and Western Samar cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan, to name a few.

Aside from upgrading its existing sites, Smart is also rolling out additional sites in the coming year, particularly to provide seamless network coverage from Tacloban City to Ormoc City and from Baybay to Abuyog, as well as to improve connectivity in heavy foot-traffic areas such as airports in Calbayog, Catarman, Ormoc and Tacloban; in malls and hospitals; and in dense residential and resettlement areas, among others.

“With our continuing roll-out across the Eastern Visayas region and in the rest of the country, we are bringing the benefits of world-class internet closer to Filipinos nationwide,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering.