Smart is on track with its network improvement program that aims to expand LTE availability and boost 3G coverage all over the country. After completing its rollout in Boracay and Davao, Smart is now working to give the best possible mobile data experience to its subscribers in Metro Manila and nearby areas like Rizal.
One of the key locations for the Metro Manila network improvement: the LRT-1 where an estimated 600,000 passengers ride daily.
This change will benefit riders like Paolo Barruga, who uses his phone while commuting to access Facebook and Messenger. “I also like playing games, but sometimes when there is no internet, I just play downloaded games,” he said. “It’s good if there’s internet, because it means I can play my online games on the go,” he added.
University of Manila sophomore student Vanessa Chua is likewise excited about the promise of better LTE on the LRT. “It means that I can start doing my assignments on the train,” she said, adding that she also uses Facebook to share and upload photos while on commute.
“When there is better internet, LRT commuters won’t be bored while waiting for the train,” said employee Rommel Hagad. “It means commuters waiting won’t be hotheaded.” Rommel added that he uses his smartphone while on the way home, accessing apps like Facebook to get in touch with family. “I use them to keep my family updated on my whereabouts.”
To enhance the mobile experience of LRT-1 commuters, Smart will deploy state-of-the-art network equipment at the stations and platforms, inside the coaches and along the tracks to beef up its 2G, 3G and LTE network coverage. It will also install carrier-grade Smart Wifi in the 20 stations and platforms, and eventually inside the coaches.
Similar network improvements are also underway for both LRT-2 and MRT-3, as part of Smart’s major network expansion in Metro Manila to improve the overall quality of service available to Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers.
In many ways, the LRT-1, which runs right through the heart of Manila from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City, is Manila’s ultimate symbol of mobility and industry. The oldest of Metro Manila’s 3 elevated trains, LRT-1 ferries Metro Manila dwellers from their homes to their schools and workplaces, and back.
That change has come to LRT-1 is a welcome sign that the best is yet to come for the rest of the Metro.