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Smart, PLDT testing 5G in the Philippines with new facility

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Smart recently launched the 5G Technolab, a facility that focuses on research, development and testing of 5G technology.

Smart 5G Technolab

Smart Communications recently launched it’s new 5G Technolab, a facility which focuses on the research, development, standardization, testing of the fifth wireless broadband technologies, otherwise known as 5G.

“Even as 5G network technology is still at its early stages, and keeping in mind that it may take some time before 5G can be available commercially, we are already investing in pilot testing our 5G system and paving the way toward having a ‘5G-ready’ network by 2020,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, adding that 5G-compatible devices have yet to be available in the market.

5G is the latest evolution of data connectivity. It has the capability to deliver extremely high data speeds coupled with low latency, which can greatly enhance the digital mobile experience.

It will also allow the rapid progress of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the country. The new technology can enhance and improve the efficiency and effectivity of connected self-driving cars and home appliances.

Also Read: PLDT, Smart partners with Huawei to improve wireless services

Last year, PLDT and Smart partnered with Huawei Philippines “to shape the strategic and commercial development of the 5G ecosystem in the Philippines.” The intention was to work towards the delivery of 5G which is widely seen as an enabler for a truly digital connected society.

Smart admits that it will take some time before 5G is deployed commercially. But they want to get ahead of the game by investing on the technology with one eye on the future.

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