Smart partners with Lamac cooperative, enables Cebu farmers

PLDT’s wireless unit Smart teams up with one of the country’s largest cooperatives, the Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LMPC). The partnership, which makes Smart the newest telco partner for Lamac, enables farmers’ livelihood through digital solutions at a time of a disruptive pandemic.

PLDT expands fiber network in first 9 months to 395,000 kilometers

Network capacity to carry 55 terabits per second, to increase by another 37 terabits per second The country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT announced that its fiber infrastructure has reached 395,000 kilometers as of end of September 2020 – the most extensive and advanced digital transport network in the country, supporting all the internet…

Smart gets global citation for improved 4G availability

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has been named among the “global rising stars” in terms of improvement in 4G availability, in the Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2020 of independent analytics firm Opensignal. Opensignal is the independent global standard for analyzing consumer mobile experience. Its industry reports are the definitive guide to understanding…

Eager Cebu seniors are newest ‘Millenniors’

From north to south, Cebu youth are coming together to make sure that Cebu’s seniors are keeping up with the changing times Nanay Miliang of Colawin, Argao stood out in more ways than one. Apart from being the oldest learner in the room, she also had the most interesting companion—where other lolas had their small…

PLDT, Smart retailers win big at Ka-Partner Rewards 2019

Five brand-new millionaires, and more than 100 winners of motorcycles, mobile gadgets, load wallets, grocery items, and other premium items—these are the exciting highlights of this year’s Ka-Partner Rewards program of PLDT and wireless unit Smart Communications. The program’s latest winners of P1 million in cash and livelihood packages are two housewives and sari-sari store…

Video, mobile games boost Smart’s data usage and revenues

PLDT Inc.’s resurgent mobile business posted record revenue growth in the first quarter of 2019, riding on the growing appetite of its customers for online video and mobile games. Service revenues of its individual wireless business, which includes the consumer sales of its Smart, Sun and TNT mobile brands, jumped 18% year-on-year to P16.9 billion,…

Adult learning gets boost with Learning Center, Smart School-in-a-Bag

When the Department of Education (DepEd) conceptualized the Alternative Learning System (ALS) over 15 years ago, its primary goal was simple: to assist out-of-school youth and adult learners who haven’t completed basic education. Years later, the government agency realized the need to further enhance ALS education interventions. This led to the development of ALS-Education and…

Better video experience on Smart LTE: Opensignal

FASTER LOAD TIMES. In terms of video load times, Smart customers experienced faster load times at 5 seconds, compared to competition’s 8.3 seconds.

Customers of PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) experience faster video loading times and fewer video stalling occurrences while on Smart’s LTE network, according to the latest analysis by Opensignal. The analysis, which is available on Opensignal’s website and covered the period Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 29, 2019, showed that Smart scored a…

Budding teacher in Cebu develops award-winning tutorial app

SEEDS OF THE FUTURE. Cris Militante during the Seeds for the Future graduation.

Cris Militante was still in college when he realized how much he wanted to teach. The computer science and information technology student said 3 of his classmates at the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City had asked him to tutor them in programming lessons, which they struggled with. The 3 subsequently passed the…

Cebu student teams dominate Smart innovation contest

CEBU TEAM SWEEPS SWEEP AWARD. The teams from University of San Carlos and University of San Jose-Recoletos with their awards for topping this year’s SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards. At left is Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering. At right is Ramon Isberto, Public Affairs Head of PLDT and Smart. (Photo by @SmartNewsroom)

A system that allows students to set up classes online for special lessons on areas they need help with was picked this year’s winner of the SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program) Innovation and Excellence Awards. The project, called Team ERYL from the University of San Carlos (USC), won the top prize of P300,000 during…

4 teams from Cebu in finals of Smart’s innovation competition

SWEEP Awards finalists undergo a two-day boot camp so they could polish their entries in time for judging.

Four student teams from Cebu are in the running for the country’s biggest technology competition, the SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program) Innovation and Excellence Awards. Three teams from the University of San Carlos and one from the University of San Jose Recoletos are among the 10 student teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that…

UBS Phils, PSF turn over School-in-a-Bag for Mindanao learners

DONATION. Photo shows (from left) Smart Public Affairs Senior Manager Stephanie Orlino, DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua, and PSF President Esther Santos.

Students of remote schools in Talayan, Maguindanao and Patikul, Sulu will soon benefit from digital learning made possible by Smart Communications’ School-in-a-Bag. Containing a laptop, five tablets, TV, a solar panel with batteries, and educational content, the learning package is donated to far-flung communities, especially those without electricity. UBS Investments Philippines and the PLDT-Smart Foundation…

Cebu City library gets free wifi in partnership with Smart

BIG HELP. A wifi connection is particularly useful for studying and research and would be a big help to library goers, said Ramon Isberto, concurrent Public Affairs Head of PLDT and Smart.

Shortly after expanding to 24-hour daily operations, the Cebu City Public Library and Information Center rolled out a carrier-grade wifi service for users in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. Students, researchers, and other library patrons get their first 30 minutes of Smart Wifi access for free. They can extend access by buying credits via cellphone…

Smart, YouTube partnership offers free 1-hour daily access to video site

YOUTUBE PARTNERSHIP. Filipino YouTube creators during the announcement of Smart’s partnership with the video platform. (Photo from Smart Newsroom)

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) is giving Smart, TNT, and Sun prepaid customers free access for one hour daily to YouTube and soon to other online video services until July 15. These subscribers can watch YouTube for one hour for free daily by simply registering to load packages like GigaSurf99, AllOutSurf99, GigaSurf 50,…

Smart donates digital learning packages for Basilan learners

TURNOVER. Smart public affairs senior manager Stephanie Orlino (standing third from right) turns over a School-in-a-Bag to Basilan teachers.

Students in Basilan, particularly those under the Alternative Learning System (ALS), now have access to mobile tools and digital content that will help make learning more fun and effective for them. Smart Communications recently turned over two School-in-a-Bag units to the Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, represented by Secretary Rasol Mitmug, in Lantawan…

Nepal taps eHealth system of Smart as disaster risk reduction tool

Members of the Nursing Association of Nepal undergo training on the SHINE OS+ mobile app.

SHINE OS+, an electronic medical record and referral system initiated by PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), has been adopted in Nepal as a tool for disaster risk reduction. Dr. Regina Estuar of Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) recently conducted a workshop on the open source platform with the Nursing Association of Nepal…

LTE, 3G speeds significantly up in Metro Cebu

Magellan’s Cross: Speeds exceeding 20 Mbps were recorded at Magellan’s Cross using LTE-capable handsets.

The nationwide network modernization program of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the mobile unit of PLDT, Inc., is in full swing and recent field tests in Metro Cebu are showing impressive LTE and 3G speeds in the Visayas region’s premier urban hub. Internal field tests conducted in key areas in and around Metro Cebu have shown…

Smart’s mobile digital lab for preschoolers wins award in Singapore

Smart TechnoCart – a mobile digital laboratory donated to public schools to develop literacy among kindergarten students – won the Social Contribution Award at the prestigious Asia Communication Awards (ACA) ceremony held recently in Singapore. Organized annually by London-based industry publication Total Telecom, the ACA recognizes outstanding performance by Asian carriers, multimedia content providers, vendors,…

Smart starts deployment of LTE-Advanced mobile service

SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE. For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming.

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called “carrier aggregation.” Initially deployed in Boracay, Aklan, one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, Smart’s LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up…