SMART leads in 5G network rollout and experience, to deliver triple-digit growth in 5G users

SMART is expecting to deliver a triple-digit growth in 5G users in the next few years as it continues to lead in the 5G space by providing the fastest 5G speeds and the widest 5G network coverage in the Philippines. This triple-digit growth outlook is based on the rapid growth of SMART 5G users, which have now reached around 800,000 – a 200 percent increase from the number of SMART 5G users in December 2020. SMART has also delivered a three-fold increase in 5G data traffic in the first quarter and second quarter of 2021.  

This contributed to SMART’s 39.5 million mobile data users as of end-June, the highest in the country, resulting in a double-digit increase in mobile data revenues in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year.  

“When it comes to 5G, speed and coverage are the most important considerations. This is why since we pioneered the Philippines’ first 5G commercial service last year, our focus has been to lead in both 5G speeds and 5G coverage so as to empower Filipinos with world-class customer experience,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc. and SMART Communications President and CEO.  

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, has recognized SMART as the fastest and most reliable 5G mobile network in the Philippines for Q1-Q2 2021, with median download and upload speeds that are twice faster than its closest rival.  

Recently, SMART is also the only Philippine telco services provider included in Opensignal’s 5G Global Leaders for Video Experience, ranked alongside other 5G leaders such as South Korea’s  SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+, Thailand’s AIS, and other operators from Croatia, Finland, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan,  and United Kingdom. 

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To date, SMART has also deployed over 4,400 5G sites in more than 4,000 locations – the widest 5G network coverage in the country.  

Early this month, SMART also put the Philippines on the 5G world map as it fired up the first batch of its commercial 5G Standalone (SA) sites in Makati City, one of the first 5G SA networks in the world.   

5G SA technology paves the way for new industrial applications as it provides super-fast response times and faster access to higher data rates that are critical in advancing Internet of Things solutions for businesses, health care, and smart cities.  

“By having both the fastest and widest 5G network in the country today, SMART is in the best position to drive 5G adoption among Filipinos so that they can experience its game-changing benefits when it comes to productivity,  business, and entertainment,” said Panlilio.  

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