PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) sustains the momentum of its global 5G roaming rollout, now serving customers in fifty (50) countries with eighty (80) international partners.
Smart 5G roaming subscribers in Estonia, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Iceland, and Latvia can benefit from the service using their 5G-capable SIM and devices through global telco partners Telia Estonia, Orange Slovakia, KPN, Siminn HF, and Tele2 Latvia, respectively.
Smart also increased its 5G roaming coverage by adding new partners in Vietnam (Vinaphone), Qatar (Ooredoo), Greece (Wind Hellas), Finland (Elisa), France (Orange France), Czech Republic (T-Mobile), and Bulgaria (Yettel Bulgaria/Telenor).
Since last year, Smart has been doubling its efforts to serve the 5G roaming needs of its customers in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
“With customer-centricity as our guiding principle, we are giving our global customers access to fast data speeds through these partnerships with international telco firms in key markets. This will empower them to pursue their passions and fulfill their purpose as COVID-19 restrictions ease across borders– reviving international travel and tourism as more people get vaccinated and adapt to the new normal,” said Chet Alviz, Vice President Wireless Core and International Business Group at Smart.
Smart 5G roaming subscribers in these countries can subscribe to Smart’s GigaRoam 1GB roaming plan for only P999 valid for 5 days. To subscribe, simply visit gigaroam.smart.com.ph or download GigaLife app.
5G footprint in PH
Meanwhile, 5G customers in the Philippines can also enjoy the fast and reliable 5G network of Smart. The accelerated deployment of 5G in the Philippines is part of PLDT and Smart’s broader initiative to deliver world-class mobile experience to its customers nationwide. To support growing mobile data traffic, Smart has increased to 75,400 its total base stations nationwide as of end-December 2021, supporting its 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G subscribers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. This includes around 7,200 5G base stations. Supporting Smart’s mobile network is PLDT’s extensive fiber footprint, which was at 743,700 kilometers as of end-2021.
These efforts are also part of the PLDT and Smart’s contribution in helping the Philippines meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.