Smart Communications has announced that it will commercially launch its 5G services in key areas in the country.
This announcement from the PLDT-owned mobile unit comes after months of testing in various areas nationwide, as well as the proliferation of more 5G-enabled handsets. These areas include the Makati Central Business District (CBD), Bonifacio Global City CBD, Araneta City, SM Megamall, and Mall of Asia Bay Area.
In addition, Smart 5G is also being rolled out in key high-traffic areas such as North Avenue in Quezon City and Taft Avenue in Manila, as well as in Ortigas CBD, and Clark Green City in Pampanga.
Smart will also launch its initial lineup of Smart 5G-certified devices from Huawei, Samsung, realme, and Vivo, which will be available with Smart Signature plans in select Smart Stores.
“As we roll out 5G in more areas of the country, this will complement the deployment of our 4G/LTE network which is already the fastest and most extensive in the country. To date, Smart 4G/LTE and 3G coverage serve 95% of the country’s population,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart President and CEO.
Smart has earlier announced the rollout of its 5G connectivity in several areas as part of its network tests. Earlier this year, several users spotted new Smart, TNT, and Sun 5G SIM cards being sold in stores. 5G connectivity touts faster speeds than 4G, going as fast as