Smart expands 5G network, triples number of 5G sites nationwide

Philippine telecommunications company PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and its wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) have further expanded the reach of their 5G network nationwide by rolling out more 5G sites.

To date, Smart has fired up more than 1,400 5G sites across the country as part of its ongoing 5G rollout. These include 5G sites recently fired up in Benguet, Misamis Oriental, and Zamboanga Sibugay. These are in addition to 5G sites deployed in all of Metro Manila’s cities and municipalities, as well as in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal, Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan, and Davao.

“We are ramping up our 5G rollout and continuing to expand our LTE–both of which are powered by our fiber network to provide our subscribers an even better experience,” said Mario Tamayo, head of Technology for PLDT and Smart. “As we expand our 5G network presence across the country, we are also bringing the possibilities of 5G, such as faster speeds and lower latency for streaming high-resolution videos and playing online mobile games, closer to more Filipinos.”

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To enable their customers to maximize the 5G network, Smart has also rolled out specially designed Smart Signature 5G plans, which offer two times more data and come with a Data Rollover feature, which means all unused data allocation from the previous month will be carried over to the following month. Also, all Signature Plans now include Unlimited Calls and Texts to All Networks. 

Smart is also partnering with device manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, realme, and vivo, to make 5G devices more accessible to its customers.

Supporting Smart’s 5G network is PLDT’s fiber infrastructure which is at more than 429,000 kilometers as of December.