- Smart announced its initial rollout of commercial 5G services to start on July 30
- 5G services will be available in key areas, specifically in certain commercial business districts
- Smart will also be offering 5G-compatible devices through their Smart Signature plan
Smart Communications Inc. has taken another step ahead of its competitor as it announced that the network’s commercial 5G services is set to go live starting Thursday, July 30.
In a statement on Friday, Smart said their initial rollout will include Smart Signature, Infinity and other postpaid subscribers in selected central business districts (CBDs) in Metro Manila are expected to enjoy the “super-fast” data service of Smart 5G using 5G-enabled devices.
The initial coverage will include the Makati Central Business District, Bonifacio Global City, Araneta City, SM Megamall, and Mall of Asia Bay Area.
Those who are living in North Avenue in Quezon City, Taft Avenue in Manila, Ortigas and Clark Green City in Pampanga will enjoy 5G services as well, according to the Pangilinan-led company.
“The launch of Smart’s 5G service enables the Philippines to level up and join the ranks of countries utilizing the next generation of mobile technology,” said Smart president and CEO Alfredo Panlilio.
Along with this initial phase, Smart will also be offering 5G-certified devices from the Android brands Huawei, Samsung, RealMe and Vivo their Smart Signature plan in select 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 serves 95% of the country’s population,” Panlilio said.
Smart’s move came just days after President Rodrigo Duterte in his state of the nation address (SONA) warned telecommunication companies (telcos) to improve their services by December or face closure or expropriation by the government.