Smart Communications Inc., the wireless unit of industry giant PLDT Inc., committed to ramp up its services to maintain its stature as the provider country’s fastest fifth-generation technology (5G) network.
The Manuel V. Pangilinan-led firm on Monday said it focuses on integrating 5G in more devices to provide customers access to a faster Internet connection.
According to Smart, it has an expanded 5G network of over 2,300 sites nationwide, supporting Filipino customers who are increasingly reliant on mobile data.
Its 5G sites are present in all of Metro Manila’s cities and municipalities, and in the provinces of Benguet, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal, Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Davao.
Recently, Smart launched Rocket WiFi, the country’s first and fastest 5G Pocket WiFi which will enable 5G speeds on other devices as long as a WiFi connection is available.
Based on consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest® by Ookla, Smart has consistently posted the fastest 5G speeds for the first three months of the year, with median download speeds of 190 Mbps, more than double the competition’s speeds for the same period.
Smart’s mobile network, which covers 96 percent of the population, is already the fastest in the country, as reported by third-party mobile Internet analytics firms Ookla and Opensignal.
“Our steady investments and unflagging resolve to expand and upgrade our integrated fixed and wireless networks, as well as to bring Smart 5G closer to our customers nationwide, have brought about these outstanding results,” Smart Communications president and CEO and PLDT Chief Revenue Officer Alfredo S. Panlilio said.
“With 5G, we are making the Philippines’ fastest mobile network even faster — elevating the average mobile speeds into fiber-like levels — to serve our customers better, especially in these critical times,” he added.