Smart 5G fired up in 3,000+ sites in the Philippines
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has announced that it has fired up more than 3,000 5G sites across the country as of May.
Smart’s initial 5G rollout covered Metro Manila, Angeles City, Baguio City, Cavite City, Cebu City, Clark City, and Davao City, but now includes far-flung and mountainous areas, such as Brgy. Linut-od in Argao, Cebu, where customers, like dialysis patient Elena Camson, can already avail telemedicine services.
“I used to have to go to the town for check-ups when there was still no signal here,” said Camson. Linut-od is located 23 kilometers away from the town proper. Camson, who was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease three years ago, added that she used to walk to a neighboring barangay just to catch a ride to the clinic.
“A strong network is a huge help for us especially for telemedicine,” said Dr Stanley Caminero, Argao’s community doctor, whom Camson consults with regularly. “Instead of traveling to town, patients can consult virtually via Smart 5G.”
Caminero added that 5G enables the transmission of high-quality video, allowing doctors like him to immediately understand what their patients are trying to say. “We can assure quality service and accurate diagnosis for our patients,” he said.
“As we expand our network across the country, we are enabling more Filipinos like Elena to benefit from services such as telemedicine, which can be enhanced by 5G,” said Mario G. Tamayo, Head of Technology at PLDT and Smart. “Our accelerated 5G rollout is part of our continuous efforts to upgrade and expand our network, ensuring that we deliver the best data experience to our customers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” he added.
Smart’s Unli 5G offer, on the other hand, is now available to customers at over 3,000 Smart 5G locations around the country, including Batangas, Bacolod, Boracay, Cagayan de Oro, Laguna, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and Quezon.
You can check out Smart’s list of 5G locations in the country here.