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Smart To Bring 5G to PH, Opens A Technolab for 5G Research and Development

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Our internet is bound to get faster as 5G, the next generation of mobile network is set to come globally. Many countries now are gearing up for the next new standard of an event faster internet speeds and the Philippines is joining the bandwagon.

Just like Globe Telecom, rival PLDT’s subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. is also gearing up for 5G adoption in the Philippines.

Photo shows (L-R) Ivan Hu from Huawei, Clint Cation from PLDT-Smart, Daniel Peng from Huawei, Joachim Horn from PLDT-Smart, Czar Lopez, PLDT-Smart, and Mon Isberto, PLDT-Smart.

In a test held recently in its newly installed 5G Technolab, Smart and technology partner Huawei achieved 5G speeds breaching 6.5 Gbps. The Smart 5G Technolab is a facility that will focus on the research and development, standardization, and testing of 5G, or fifth-generation wireless broadband technologies and services. With its capability to deliver ultra high speed broadband coupled with low latency, 5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications for Filipinos, particularly in healthcare and smart cities.

“Our vision for 5G is to be able to provide services that are relevant for our customers. There is more to what 5G can do, which includes enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering.

PLDT/Smart did not give any details as to when will 5G will be commercially available but we think its roll out will start by 2020.

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