PLDT Group to launch PH’s first 5G city in Clark
PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications have inked a memorandum of understanding with Clark Development Corp. to transform the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) into the country’s first Smart 5G City.
Together with technology partner Ericsson, PLDT and Smart will launch the first commercial 5G facility within the 4,000 hectare CFZ this month.
“We are happy to be working with CDC in building the city of the future, equipped with smart services and powered by 5G infrastructure, right here in Pampanga,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT and Smart.
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, as well as smart applications for the transport sector, traffic management, manufacturing, airport and mall operations, logistics and warehousing, retail, customer support, and smart homes, among other
“Through this pilot deployment, we will be able to test 5G’s capabilities using a live network and develop solutions that will serve the future needs of industries and government, such as autonomous vehicles, connected fleets, and smart buildings and factories,” Ernesto Aberto, PLDT and Smart chief revenue offficer said.
Under its current network upgrade program, Smart is installing 5G-compatible radio equipment across its network, which already has over 2,000 5G-ready sites.