Smart leads Philippine 5G adoption in fast-growing APAC market

As 5G adoption picks up globally, Smart Communications is at the forefront of driving 5G adoption in the Philippines.

Between the second and third quarter, data traffic on Smart’s 5G network also posted triple-digit growth, as average monthly data traffic grew by nearly 20x between the 4th quarter of 2020 and the 3rd quarter of 2021. The telco also delivered a three-fold increase in 5G data traffic in the first quarter and second quarter of 2021.

This is bolstered by recent data from YouGov, a London-based international research data and analytics group, which reported countries in the Asia-Pacific region are the world’s largest and quickest growing smartphone markets, and they also lead the way in 5G adoption compared to other parts of the world.

Smart operates the country’s widest 5G network at more than 4,400 sites nationwide. Most recently, Smart fired up the country’s first commercial 5G Stand-alone (SA) cell sites in business hub Makati City. 5G SA technology paves the way for new industrial applications as it provides super-fast response times and faster access to higher data rates that are critical in advancing Internet of Things solutions for businesses, health care, and smart cities.

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To benefit from the best 5G experience in the country, more customers have been making the move to the Smart network without having to change their numbers, as enabled by Mobile Number Portability.

Customers who want to switch to the Smart network must first secure a Unique Subscriber Code from their originating provider to serve as clearance and bring it to the nearest Smart Store along with a valid ID and any proof of mobile ownership. From there, Smart shall begin processing their application without any charges.

To know more about switching to Smart, interested switchers may also visit or head to the nearest Smart Store. Users may also make the switch via the GigaLife App. is one of the most active tech sites in the Philippines. We enjoy sharing interesting and relevant stories about the latest trends in technology, developments in mobile phones and social media, and modern digital and geek culture.

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