Smart to enhance connection in LRT 1

Smart Communications Inc. launched on Monday what the PLDT Inc. subsidiary said is an enhancement of mobile connectivity to its network for passengers of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1.

Smart Senior Vice President Alex O. Caeg was quoted in a statement as saying the company “is committed to further enhance the company’s network coverage in the transport system.”

While not giving details, Caeg said this “commitment” is exemplified by Smart’s “station domination” tack. He defines the latter as buying rights to exclusively cover a train station with advertisements and other marketing products.

According to Caeg, part of this tack is the equipping of the LRT 1 Station with carrier grade Wi-fi, which has a backhaul capacity of up to 100 megabits per second, expandable to 1 gigabit per second. Other stations with carrier grade Wi-fi are the Doroteo Jose, Abad Santos, Gil Puyat, Pedro Gil, R. Papa and U.N. Avenue stations.

Roughly 500,000 commuters ride the LRT 1, operated by Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), on a daily basis.

Smart said its enhanced Smart Wi-fi coverage for LRT 1 complements the firm’s ongoing program to deploy high-speed long-term evolution (LTE) mobile phone coverage in Metro Manila.

Smart has recently completed the upgrade of 4,200 3G and LTE sites across the country, with 90 percent of sites in Metro Manila already with LTE as of end-2017.


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