SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc., the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., said it now has more than 2,000 fifth-generation (5G) sites in the country.

In an e-mailed statement on Wednesday, the mobile services provider said the continuous expansion of its 5G network is “alongside the company’s efforts to widen its array of Smart 5G-certified devices to make 5G easier to access.”

As of September last year, Smart’s 5G service was commercially available in Makati Central Business District (CBD), Bonifacio Global City CBD, Araneta City, Mall of Asia Bay Area, North Avenue in Quezon City, Taft Avenue in Manila, Ortigas CBD, New Clark City in Pampanga, EDSA, and in other locations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

It said it would be making its 5G service available in key areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Smart recently launched Rocket WiFi, a 5G Pocket WiFi.

“With the first 5G Pocket WiFi, Smart is enabling 5G speeds on other devices for as long as they have a WiFi connection,” Smart said.

“Specially designed for sharing and multitasking, Rocket WiFi can connect up to 15 WiFi-capable smartphones, tablets, or laptops,” the mobile services provider added.

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