Smart brings the fun of Cebuano Festival to homes via #SmartSinulogOnline

The pandemic may have altered how Cebuanos celebrate the Sinulog Festival this 2021, but this has not stopped PLDT Inc.’s wireless arm, Smart Communications Inc, from bringing the fun online! Smart organized the #SmartSinulogOnline where it called for participants to share their most memorable Sinulog stories before the pandemic. Winners were given the chance to…

Smart ramps up 5G rollout in Cebu

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), wireless arm of the country’s largest integrated telco PLDT, is accelerating the rollout of its 5G network across Cebu. Customers with Smart 5G-certified phones can now unlock the capabilities of Smart 5G’s superfast speeds, ultra-low latency, and higher efficiency in select areas in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu,…

PLDT-Smart expands capabilities to fight online sexual abuse of children

Poverty made worse by a pandemic is fueling the increase in online sexual abuse and exploitation of children or OSEAC, PLDT-Smart officials said in an online forum with journalists yesterday. The forum was held in time for today’s global celebration of Safer Internet Day. “With schools shut, the children have become dependent on the Internet,…

Smart’s high-speed internet in historic island town

Limasawa, an island whose historical significance dates back five centuries, has entered the age of high-speed internet with the recent launch of Smart Communications, Inc.’s LTE network there. This comes months ahead of the start of the yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines.

Over 3,000 sites blocked: PLDT-Smart reinforces online child protection, boosts safety through targeted platform

The Philippines’ largest integrated telco PLDT Inc. and its wireless unit, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), continue to fortify protection from online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) during the coronavirus pandemic. The PLDT Group has taken down 3,011 sites that host illicit content featuring children as mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

PLDT-Smart telco services keep the Christmas spirit alive

In the time of COVID-19, even time-honored traditions have had to adapt to the new normal. Christmastime 2020 has taken the digital route to keep the season’s spirit of Christian kinship alive. The Misa de Gallo, the novena of dawn Masses that signify the start of the season in the Philippines, is now covered by…

PLDT, Smart equip MSMEs for digital pivot

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic when all types of businesses were reeling from quarantine measures, it was feared that only giant corporations would survive. Today, less than a year later, the prognosis looks to be changing. Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) appeared to have defied the odds, emerging resilient in the…

PLDT, Smart employees embrace online child safety with CyberSmart digital caravan

Smart, the wireless unit of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco PLDT, takes on the role of the youth’s champion against cyber criminals through its CyberSmart: Cyber Security Beyond Digital series. The digital caravan has been adapted for PLDT-Smart employees to help them secure their families, especially their children, against the dangers lurking in the world…

TNT now top prepaid brand in PH

TNT is now the biggest prepaid brand in the Philippines, with over 40 million subscribers, besting competitors in the third quarter of 2020. TNT’s growth was driven largely by an increase in data users among its subscribers and an increase in LTE SIM and LTE device users. Market research has shown TNT to be the…

PLDT-Smart donates 10K SIMs to DepEd Cebu City

PLDT-Smart turned over 10,000 LTE SIM cards to the Department of Education Cebu City, the biggest ever donation to the academe in the region, as their way of supporting teachers and students in over 50 Junior and Senior High Schools under DepEd Cebu City in the “New Normal.” The unprecedented crisis caused by the pandemic…

Cebu retailers ‘shine’ through pandemic, PLDT-Smart revives livelihood in communities

From small-time retailer to store owner, Shine Macapas has managed to shepherd her small business to success despite the pandemic. A sari-sari store owner and Smart load retailer from Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, Macapas’s business has been so good that she was inspired to extend a helping hand to loyal customers who are struggling through…

Smart widens gap vs. competition on 4G Availability, wins Opensignal’s first 4G Coverage Experience Award

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), wireless arm of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco PLDT, has once again surpassed competition in terms of 4G Availability, Video Experience and Download and Upload Speeds, according to the latest country report by third-party mobile analytics firm Opensignal. The report, which covered July 1 to September 28, 2020 and independently analyzed…

PLDT ramps up e-learning initiatives for the new normal

For 33-year-old Daisy Jane Diola of Cebu City, there could not be a better time to go back to school, betting against all odds in a pandemic. Giving up her sales job, she embraced technology and started attending online classes, one of hundreds of thousands nationwide now braving the challenges of e-learning in the new…

DOT, Grassroots Travel, Smart join hands to mount Kulinarya sa North Cebu Webinar

Smarter tourism in the new normal In the Philippines, Culinary Tourism and Farm or Agritourism have been identified by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as two of the niche markets it would like to tap and promote. It is for this reason that the DOT, Grassroots Travel, and PLDT-Smart recently organized a two-day webinar entitled…

PLDT, Smart, Cignal, and PayMaya offer biggest discounts yet on National Heroes Day weekend

Customers of PLDT, Smart, Cignal TV and PayMaya will receive exclusive discounts at SM during the National Heroes Day weekend on August 28 to 31, 2020. Up for grabs in all SM malls nationwide are discounted prices for prepaid load bundles, data cards, Smart Bro and PLDT products and services — such as the Double…

Basilan school shows the way in distance learning

Once a thriving trading center in Mindanao, Basilan has had a troubled history in the last half-century, marked by clashes between the military and Moro secessionists and attacks by terrorist groups. But while communities are constantly displaced, residents brave hardship and strive to survive. Now faced with yet another challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic, Basilan reaffirms…

Smart 5G goes live

5G handsets available, 5G coverage in key CBDs Starting July 30th, the 5G mobile phone network of Smart Communications is going live as a commercial service. In this initial phase of its commercial deployment, Smart Signature, Infinity and other Smart postpaid subscribers will be able to enjoy the super-fast data service of Smart 5G in…

PH among countries with most improved Video Experience: Opensignal

With most Filipinos staying at home during the community quarantine amid COVID-19, veteran chef Rose Marie Lim of Cebu’s Caro and Marie, one of the country’s longest-running baking and culinary schools, turned to video to stay connected with cooking and baking aficionados both here and abroad. Through a cooking and baking video series on Facebook,…

Smart-backed Dynamic Learning Program to benefit DepEd ALS Butuan’s ‘second-chance’ learners

Riding a motorcycle to different learning centers in hinterlands, sustaining the attention of distracted learners, and handling a multi-grade classroom are just some of the challenges that Alternative Learning System (ALS) mobile teachers face every day. The COVID-19 health crisis has made it even tougher for them, as they had to look for ways to…