PLDT-Smart to double 5G footprint in 2021

7 May 2021

Smart Communications, the mobile arm of PLDT Inc., reportedly plans to deploy 3,800 new 5G base stations this year, increasing the total number of sites it has on air to 7,000, as well as bolstering its LTE footprint by around 4,000 sites to reach 35,900 by the year end.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month Smart confirmed having deployed more than 2,600 5G sites, up from 2,000 in late-March, switching on its network in many major strategic locations, such as Metro Manila (officially known as the National Capital Region [NCR]), and in the provinces of Benguet, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal, Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga Sibugay and Davao. Outdoor coverage in the NCR stood at over 90% at that date.