Smart preparing for the 5G future
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has launched a facility that will focus on the research and development, standardization, and testing of 5G, or fifth-generation wireless broadband technologies and services.
PLDT and Smart EVP and chief revenue officer Ernesto Alberto said the group is already investing in the pilot testing of its 5G system, which should pave the way toward having a ‘5G-ready’ network by 2020.
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.
“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, SVP for Network Planning and Engineering at PLDT.