PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have enhanced their integrated fixed and wireless networks in the province of Cavite to deliver improved customer experience in the area.
This includes the firing up additional 5G base stations across the province, including its capital Trece Martires City, and the cities of General Trias, Dasmariñas, Tagaytay, Cavite and Imus. To date, 87% of Cavite’s cities and towns already have Smart 5G. Smart LTE is also available across Cavite, enabling high-speed mobile data service for customers with LTE handsets.
PLDT, through PLDT Enterprise, has also partnered with the provincial government of Cavite in rolling out fiber throughout the province, powering Cavite’s #LINKodKabitenyo, a free fiber-powered WiFi service to support public school teachers and students, which has been piloted in Bacoor, Imus and Dasmariñas.
Underpinning these LTE, 5G, and WiFi services is PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, the country’s most extensive at over 715,000 kilometers as of end-November.
“Our mission is to make the province of Cavite the most technologically advanced, and the least stressful province to live in in the country. We wanted a company with integrity, with a solid background, with a core competency to help us achieve our goals. I think PLDT has proved that over the years,” said Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla.
This integrated network and PLDT and Smart’s continuous improvements across the country have helped attract more customers, including Jessie Balboa of Bacoor City, who recently switched to the network via Mobile Network Portability (MNP). “I am optimistic that Smart will be able to provide me with a better internet connection,” he said.
To date, Smart serves the most number of mobile users in the country at 40 million.
With MNP, interested subscribers like Balboa can now move to Smart while retaining their existing mobile numbers. “Finally, my number is now with Smart. I have been waiting for this because I want to experience Smart’s fastest network,” said Balboa.
Smart has been cited as the fastest* and most reliable** 5G network by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. With around 6,900 5G base stations across the country, Smart also operates the country’s widest 5G network.
To switch to Smart, users must first secure a Unique Subscriber Code from their originating provider to serve as clearance, and present this, along with a valid ID and any proof of mobile ownership, at the nearest Smart Store so that Smart can process their application for free.