MANILA – There will be faster mobile internet in the country in addition to a new generation of digital services after the launch of 5G, according to Smart Communications (Smart) on Tuesday.

In a statement, Lloyd Manaloto, vice president for corporate marketing and strategy at Smart, said 5G will initially bring improvements in entertainment services such as video streaming and cloud gaming.

“Through your 5G-capable handsets, you can enjoy the streaming of high-movement videos such coverage of sports events. You can now also enjoy e-sports and cloud-gaming and play your favorite PC games on mobile devices because of 5G,” Manaloto said.

Ramon Isberto, PLDT-Smart public affairs head, said 5G will eventually bring new services that make use of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and cloud computing.

“5G is a major milestone in the development of mobile phone services and digital technologies. It is a platform that enables new technologies,” Isberto said.

He noted that to take advantage of 5G, users will need 5G-capable devices aside from 5G-capable sim cards.

“The good news is, we are seeing more and more affordable devices in the coming months so that more people can benefit from 5G,” Isberto said.

In July, Smart began the commercial deployment of its 5G mobile network in key business districts in Metro Manila such as the Makati Central Business District (CBD), Bonifacio Global City CBD, Araneta City, SM Megamall, and Mall of Asia Bay Area—currently exclusive to its Smart Signature, Infinity, and other postpaid users.

It said other high-traffic areas that will soon have access to 5G include North Avenue in Quezon City, Taft Avenue in Manila, Ortigas CBD, and Clark Green City in Pampanga. (PNA)