Wireless services leader Smart Communications (Smart) has expanded its Long Term Evolution (LTE) roaming services by offering the first commercial LTE roaming service between the Philippines and Singapore through a partnership with StarHub, a leading info-communications firm in the Lion City.
The strategic partnership allows Smart LTE subscribers to utilize the extensive StarHub LTE network and enjoy consistent and reliable internet whenever they roam in Singapore.
Smart subscribers may now enjoy the same lightning-fast LTE experience they have in the country when they head to Singapore with a rate of only USD 10 per day.
Singapore remains to be among the top international destinations among Filipinos, drawing over 670,000 tourists from the Philippines in 2011 alone.
“As the forerunner of LTE in the country, Smart cements its dominance in the LTE space through this partnership that enables us to provide seamless and high-quality connectivity to our subscribers here and abroad,” said Smart Chief Wireless Advisor Orlando B. Vea.
This milestone bodes well for the growing number of mobile data users in the region. A Cisco study released early this year projected that mobile data traffic in the Asia Pacific region would see a 76 percent annual growth rate between 2012 to 2017 as more and more people depend on data on their mobile devices from the wide-eyed traveler who cannot wait to share his or her adventures on various social networking sites to the businessman who relies on real-time updates for important business decisions. For people on the move, mobile data is a communications staple and faster is better.
With LTE, currently the fastest fourth-generation (4G) wireless connection in the world, users can rely on speeds as fast as 100 Mbps, making it ideal for high-speed broadband applications.