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Smart launches 5G roaming in South Korea

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications partnered with Korean telco giant KT Corporation for its 5G roaming service.

On Friday, February 19, Smart announced that prepaid and postpaid users can now enjoy 5G data roaming speeds with their 5G devices.

To avail of the service, users only have to go to roam.smart.com.ph while in South Korea. Data plans start at P999 for a 5-day data roaming service.

"With international partnerships such as this, we continue our journey toward bringing world-class service to the Filipino people," said Smart president and CEO Alfredo Panlilio.

Alice Ramos, Smart vice president for international roaming and consumer business, said that South Korea remains to be a "top roaming destination" for Filipino business and leisure travelers.

KT launched its nationwide commercial 5G network in April 2019. KT and Smart are members of the CONEXUS Mobile Alliance, an alliance of Asian telco firms that push for innovative services for customers who travel frequently.

"Despite roaming being the worst-hit telecom division by COVID-19, Smart and CONEXUS have continued to lay down roaming service improvements for international travellers," said Smart.

Before the pandemic pushed countries to close down its borders, South Korea was among the top leisure destinations for Filipinos according to a BusinessMirror report.

Seoul had suspended visa-free arrangements and the issuance of short-term visas. Only individuals traveling for diplomatic, humanitarian, and urgent business purposes are allowed entry. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.

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