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Microwave hops bring LTE to remote Philippine islands

Smart has become the first service provider to offer LTE coverage in one of the most isolated tourist areas in the Philippines. This video reveals how they managed it with microwave.
“The biggest team building event between Ericsson and Smart. Indeed, the most significant factor to success of this development was teamwork, which was clearly evident that from all ranks of the company. We also saw our teams using a lot of ingenuity to overcome obstacles along the way.“. - Joachim Horn, Chief Technology and Information Advisor of PLDT and Smart Communications “The biggest team building event between Ericsson and Smart. Indeed, the most significant factor to success of this development was teamwork, which was clearly evident that from all ranks of the company. We also saw our teams using a lot of ingenuity to overcome obstacles along the way.“. - Joachim Horn, Chief Technology and Information Advisor of PLDT and Smart Communications

The challenge

Connecting one of the most isolated and touristic areas in the Philippines with high-speed mobile internet is a real challenge, requiring connections between several islands, some of which are more than 120km apart.

The solution

Ericsson fulfilled the microwave hop requirements using the MINI-LINK LH solution. This was used in the backbone with Upper 6GHz as the frequency band in space diversity configuration.

The results

High-speed mobile internet has now come to the Batanes Islands in the Philippines. The 128km microwave hop enables 1.6Gbps through an 8+0 radio configuration utilizing 200Mbps per channel at 128QAM.

Starting with a satellite transmission network that enables voice and SMS, there is beginning to be a great demand in the Batanes Islands to provide a fast mobile internet service to further boost tourism and enable business for residents on this very distant outpost. And Smart has now become the first operator to launch LTE coverage in the Philippines’ most northerly province.

Ericsson deployed a high-capacity microwave backbone network that includes the longest high-capacity single microwave hop in the country at 128km and 1.6Gbps, bringing a vastly improved mobile data experience to tourists and residents alike.

Jumping with Gbps speed

Read more about MINI-LINK LH, our Trunk product in 4-13 GHz bands that is available in different building practices, meeting your needs of capacity and the footprint on site.

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