Smart Communications Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PLDT Inc., and Nokia have completed the testing of 5G technology in the country.
Nokia and Smart, have achieved 5G speeds of 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) using 100 MHz with latency of just 1 millisecond for the first time in the Philippines over a ‘live’ network.
With its capability to deliver extremely high speeds coupled with low latency, 5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications for Filipinos, particularly in healthcare and smart cities.
Nokia Manila Technology Center and Smart’s innovation team will collaborate to conduct joint 5G research for the development of 5G technology.
The 5G demo was conducted at Nokia Manila Technology Center in Quezon City, one of its global research and development powerhouses for 5G technology.
Nokia is at the forefront of 5G research and standardization, and its R&D centers across the globe including the Manila facility, are helping to bring the company’s 5G vision closer to reality.
With extremely low latency, 5G will enable a huge number of new use cases, such as remote surgery, real-time responsive robots for automated industrial production, virtual and augmented reality and autonomous driving.
“We are excited to work with Nokia in conducting cutting-edge research and development for 5G,” PLDT and Smart chairman and chief executive Manuel Pangilinan,said.
“This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country’s most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions,” he added.
Joachim Horn, chief technology and information advisor at PLDT and Smart, said the company was committed to enriching the lives of Filipinos by bringing them the best-possible technology.
“This live demo is part of our initiative to develop 5G capabilities by 2020. We look forward to working with Nokia and taking advantage of its leadership and proven expertise in the 5G space,” he said.