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Smart, Airalo launch international prepaid eSIMs, first in Philippines

by SMART Public Affairs | Jul 30, 2021
PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has teamed up with global platform Airalo to launch the first ever prepaid eSIM in the Philippines for international customers.

An eSIM is a virtual SIM that allows customers to access prepaid mobile services from Smart without the need to buy a physical SIM card. Airalo is the world’s first eSIM store that allows travelers to conveniently access over 190 eSIMs at near local rates from around the world, all via eSIM-compatible smartphone, tablet or PC.

Under this partnership, companies who provide services that need connectivity in the Philippines -- such as tour operators, distributors, or even international travelers visiting the country -- can conveniently purchase Smart’s prepaid eSIM via the Airalo website or app. They can simply go to https://www.airalo.com/philippines-esim

Philippines eSIM, from $5.5 | World’s first eSIM store · Airalo
Data packs with real local rates. Manage your eSIMs and top up on the go with Airalo.
to avail of the eSIM and the prepaid mobile data package that suits their needs.

“As global borders re-open, Smart is ready to provide our world-class customer experience on the country’s fastest network to welcome visitors and help provide a lasting positive impression of the Philippines,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Revenue Operations at Smart.

"We are really happy to make it easier to get connectivity in the beautiful country of the Philippines by welcoming Smart to our store," said Bahadir Ozdemir, Co-founder and CEO at Airalo.

Fastest LTE, 5G networks in PH; widest 5G roaming coverage

This prepaid eSIM is powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firms Ookla, Opensignal, and umlaut. 

As of end-June, Smart has deployed more than 4,000 5G sites across the country in its sustained, accelerated rollout of the service nationwide. In addition to this, Smart has also pioneered Smart 5G roaming services in 27 countries with 38 partners all over the world. Smart is also part of the Conexus Mobile Alliance, one of the largest mobile alliances in Asia, pushing for the development of 5G in the region.

Since 2017, Smart has almost quadrupled the number of LTE base stations across the country, while parent company PLDT has tripled its fiber footprint.

PLDT currently operates the country’s most extensive fiber infrastructure, at more than 511,000 kilometers as of June 2021. This also supports Smart’s mobile networks, which now cover 96% of the population from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi.

PLDT and Smart’s relentless push to provide connectivity for all is aligned with the group’s long-standing commitment to help the Philippines attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG #9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.


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