PLDT Inc. raised its 2020 capital spending budget to P70 billion for the launch of “super-fast” 5G services in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines. The 5G mobile phone network of Smart Communications would go live as a commercial service by July 30.
PLDT announced that Smart Signature, Smart Infinity, and other Smart postpaid subscribers would soon enjoy the super-fast data service in key business districts of Metro Manila using Smart-certified handsets with 5G-activated SIMs.
The areas include Makati central business district, Bonifacio Global City, Araneta City, SM Megamall, and Mall of Asia Bay Area. Smart 5G is also being rolled out in key high-traffic areas such as North Avenue in Quezon City, Taft Avenue in Manila, Ortigas CBD, and Clark Green City in Pampanga.
The launch serves as a timely response of PLDT to President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to telecommunications companies (telcos) to improve their service by December.