3G literally means “3rd Generation.” It is a generic term for the next generation of mobile phone communications systems.
UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems) is the specific 3G system chosen as the path of the worldwide GSM community for 3G evolution. It is based on a GSM network enhanced with W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiplex Access).
Aside from enhancing the existing GSM network, 3G supports the effective transmission of multimedia service. With 3G, you can now enjoy video calling, high-speed video streaming and mobile Internet six times faster than the current GSM/ GPRS networks.
Smart started its preparations for a seamless transition to 3G as early as late 2000. On February 14, 2006, SMART launched its 3G service on a free trial basis, making the company the first telco in the Philippines to offer 3G services to the public. The service is an exciting addition to SMART’s offerings.
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