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PLDT, Smart to deal with users’ concerns via ‘virtual meeting’

PLDT, Inc. and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. are launching a virtual meeting service for their customers to accommodate their queries or concerns, as the public health crisis continues.

Scores of Globe, Smart in gaming experience decline — Opensignal

MOBILE GAMING experience on the networks of Globe Telecom, Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc., the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., have both declined during the coronavirus pandemic, Opensignal said in its latest Mobile Network Experience Report.

Smart taps Park Seo-Joon as its newest endorser

SMART has included Korean actor Park Seo-Joon to its growing slate of Korean endorsers following Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin as the telecommunications company continues to ride the wave of popularity of Korean dramas and pop culture.

PLDT-Smart says nearly 1,500 cell sites in Visayas upgraded to LTE

SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc., the wireless unit of PLDT Inc., said on Tuesday all its cell sites in central Philippines had been upgraded to LTE or long-term evolution, which increases the capacity and speed of wireless data networks.

PLDT-Smart to roll out 5G in Vis-Min; Globe boosts 4G in...

PLDT Inc. and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. said Monday they will be rolling out their fifth-generation (5G) network service in key areas in the Visayas and Mindanao, as part of their goal to turn the Philippines into a 5G country.

Globe, Smart among ‘most improved’ telcos globally

UK-BASED Opensignal Ltd. said Smart Communications, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. had been identified as among the top 30 mobile network operators globally where users have seen “the greatest improvement” in 4G availability and video experience, respectively.

Smart 4G/LTE now on Pag-asa Island, West Philippine Sea

SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc., the wireless unit of PLDT Inc., said the controversial Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea is now covered by its 4G/LTE network service, enabling the island’s residents to communicate via chat apps and video calls.

Smart dangles 5G service

PLDT, INC.’s wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. announced on Wednesday that its fifth-generation (5G) service will be commercially available to its subscribers in key commercial districts of Metro Manila starting July 30.

Central Luzon reopens economy amid COVID-19

Around 80,000 employees have returned to work By Mariel Alison L. Aguinaldo Companies across various industries have restarted their operations in Central Luzon amid the COVID-19...

YouTube, Smart workshops for YouTube creators shift online

ONLINE video-sharing platform YouTube and Philippine telecommunications company Smart Communications have teamed up to launch Creator Camp Live, a series of online events and workshops to teach YouTube creators (aspiring or otherwise) on how to “pivot and be effective in the time disrupted by the pandemic,” according to a release.

PLDT, Smart products now for same-day home delivery via Grab

PLDT, Inc. and Smart Telecommunications, Inc. have partnered with Grab Philippines for the quick delivery of their products straight to the homes of their customers within 24 hours.

Hyun Bin crash lands into Smart

WHEN word that South Korean actor Hyun Bin was going to be the face of Smart Communications and clothing brand Bench dropped last week, Filipinos on social media lost their minds. And now that the Smart campaign has officially been launched, it became apparent that not even a pandemic can stop the Crash Landing on You star from gracing our screens (though he can’t be here physically because of travel restrictions).

Smart starts to reopen stores in select areas

SMART Communications, Inc. on Monday said it would reopen its stores in select areas under the more relaxed general community quarantine.

PLDT, Smart offer easier payment scheme

PLDT, Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said they will implement beginning May 1 a six-month installment payment scheme for the outstanding monthly bills of their postpaid customers.

Tax dispute with Makati City remains pending, says Smart

SMART Communication, Inc. said the decision by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) allowing the Makati City government to inspect its documents over its alleged P3.25-billion tax deficiencies from 2012 to 2015 has nothing to do with tax evasion.

CTA allows inspection of Smart’s documents over tax deficiencies

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld the decision of a Makati City regional trial court (RTC) allowing the Makati City government to inspect Smart Communication, Inc.’s documents over its alleged P3.25 billion tax deficiencies from 2012 to 2015.

Smart leads in 4G availability: OpenSignal

A recent report by OpenSignal, a United Kingdom-based wireless coverage mapping company, showed PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) now leads in terms of availability of its fourth-generation (4G) network in both rural and urban areas in the Philippines.

San Juan taps Smart for free Wi-Fi service

SMART COMMUNICATIONS Inc. (Smart) on Thursday signed a deal with the San Juan City government to provide “fast, free and open fiber-powered Wi-Fi” to its residents.

PLDT, Smart eye bigger customer base with Davao converged stores

DAVAO CITY — PLDT, Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. have opened two converged stores here with an aim to grow their respective customer base, especially in the postpaid segment.

Smart identifies 71 sites for common tower with partners

SMART Communications, Inc. said it has initially identified 71 sites for its common tower partnership with the joint venture of edotco Group Sdn. Bhd. and ISOC Infrastructure, Inc.

Smart inks deal with common tower providers

PLDT, Inc. wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said Wednesday it has joined other network providers in signing deals with common tower companies.

Smart rolls out VoLTE services in Metro Mla

SMART Communications, Inc. said it will now start offering its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services to select subscribers in Metro Manila.

PLDT-Smart expands with new lifestyle hub in Quezon City mall

PLDT, Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. is expanding physical presence in the north with a new lifestyle hub in Quezon City.

PLDT, Smart provide fastest internet connections in Philippines — Ookla

PLDT, Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. provided the fastest fixed and mobile internet speeds in the country during the first half of the year, according to Ookla.

Smart to offer Oppo A3S devices at a discount

PLDT, Inc. wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said it is tapping Chinese smartphone brand Oppo to grow the adoption of long term evolution (LTE) network in the country.

Smart to expand LTE coverage in Palawan

THE wireless unit of PLDT, Inc., Smart Communications Inc., is ramping up its long term-evolution (LTE) network in Palawan as it sees increased tourism in the island.

Smart upgrades LTE network in Boracay

SMART Communications, Inc. said it has upgraded its long term evolution (LTE) network in Boracay in anticipation of tourists flocking to the island this summer.

Smart edges Globe in terms of mobile video experience — report

WIRELESS coverage mapping firm Opensignal said Smart Communications, Inc. is “far in the lead” against its rival Globe Telecom, Inc. in terms of providing a seamless mobile video experience to customers in the Philippines.

Smart teams up with Nokia for 5G

PLDT, INC.’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. announced on Tuesday it is partnering with Nokia for the rollout of its fifth generation (5G) network in universities.

Smart’s very first web series is the romance Find Her

SMART Communications Inc. has finally ventured into the realm of web series as it introduces Find Her, a seven-part miniseries about the role of technology in romance, which drops its first episodes on Feb. 9 on Smart’s YouTube channel.

Malaysia’s RT Telecom sets aggressive tower rollout in PHL

MALAYSIA-BASED RT Telecom Sdn Bhd — a tower provider that has previously been tapped by Globe Telecom, Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc. — signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government to operate as an independent common tower provider in the Philippines.

Smart Wifi partners with Google

SMART Wifi has teamed up with tech giant Google to deliver free, high speed internet services in public locations around the Philippines, according to parent company PLDT, Inc.

Smart sets expansion of 5G network coverage

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said it plans to expand the coverage of its fifth generation (5G) network by next year, which it hopes will spur the creation of more “5G cities.”

Smart brings LTE, LTE-A network to Bulacan

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said it rolled out its long-term evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in several towns in Bulacan.

Smart makes first video call on 5G connection in Philippines

PLDT, Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. made its first fifth generation (5G) to 5G video call on Wednesday, two weeks after it fired up its first 5G cell sites in Makati City and Clark, Pampanga.

Smart activates 5G cell sites in Makati, Clark

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. said it has fired up its first fifth generation (5G) cell sites located at the Makati Central Business District and Clark Freeport Zone on Wednesday.

Smart seeks help for School-in-a-Bag program for IP communities

SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc. is looking for more donors and sponsors for its School-in-a-Bag program to reach more children from indigenous peoples (IP) communities. The...

Smart says proposed common tower policy violates its franchise

SMART Communications, Inc. said the proposed policy on common towers violates its legislative franchise, which gave PLDT, Inc.’s wireless unit the right to build its own telecommunications towers.

Smart offers roaming products at this weekend’s Travel Sale Fair

IN A bid to change how Filipino travelers view roaming, Smart Communications has partnered with the Travel Sale Fair — which runs from Oct. 12 to 14 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City — to promote their new travel products and packages.

Smart taps Samsung for VoWi-fi launch in Oct.

SMART Communications, Inc. is partially rolling out next month its Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-fi) call over a live network service for users of the latest Samsung devices, it said on Wednesday.

Smart successfully makes 1st Voice over Wi-fi call in Cebu

SMART Communications, Inc. on Tuesday said it has made the first successful Voice over Wi-fi (VoWifi) call over a live network in Cebu, a few months after the company made the same breakthrough in Manila.

PLDT, Smart on track to meet data service targets

PLDT, Inc. and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. said the group is on track to meet its 2018 targets for the expansion of fixed and wireless networks in the country.

Smart taps Ericsson for 5G roll out in first half of...

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. said its rollout of fifth generation (5G) technology is set for the first half of 2019 as it ties up with Ericsson.

Smart taps Ericsson for 5G roll out in 2019

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. said its roll out of fifth generation (5G) technology is booked for the first half of 2019...

Smart says 92% of Metro Manila sites with LTE

PLDT, Inc.’s wireless mobile unit Smart Communications, Inc. said it has upgraded more than 92% of its sites in Metro Manila with Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology.