The 5G mobile phone network of Smart Communications started its commercial service in key business districts yesterday, its press release said.
The launch of the 5G service enables the Philippines to level up and join the ranks of countries utilizing the next generation of mobile technology, Alfredo Panlilio, PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart president and chief executive officer said.
The strategy to deploy 5G has been embedded in Smart’s network planning over the past five years. It required a steady investment effort by PLDT and Smart that has amounted to nearly P260 billion in overall capital expenditure.
In 2019 alone, the PLDT Group’s capex reached a record P72.9 billion, and the 2020 capex is expected to reach P70 billion despite the slowdown in network rollout due to the quarantine controls imposed in the second quarter of this year, the press release said.
The capex program enabled PLDT and Smart to build the digital infrastructure needed to support the deployment first of 4G/LTE and later 5G. This involved, first of all, the deployment of an extensive optic fiber network that is the most pervasive in the country, and extends to nearly360,000 kilometers as of June 2020.
For 5G news and updates, visit www.smart.com.ph and follow its official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the press release added.*
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