The PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. has solidified its superiority in 5G after being hailed as the fastest 5G network in the Philippines by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, its press release said.
Based on consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest by Ookla, Smart has consistently posted the fastest 5G speeds for Q1 2021, with median download speeds of 190 Mbps, more than double the competition’s speeds for the same period.
“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 chief executive officer, Alfredo Panlilio, said.
“Just as we did with Smart LTE, which has been recognized by Ookla since 2018 as the country’s fastest 4G/LTE network, we are working non-stop to expand the coverage of our 5G service and make it accessible to more customers, despite the challenges of the pandemic,” Panlilio, also the chief revenue officer of PLDT, added.
It’s expanded 5G network now has over 2,300 sites nationwide, supporting Filipinos who are increasingly reliant on mobile data to stay connected while on-the-go, the press release said.
These sites have been fired up nationwide, including 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.
The company has also ramped-up its efforts to widen its array of Smart 5G-certified devices to make 5G easier to access and enjoy, the press release added.*