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Smart fires up first commercial 5G Standalone network in Makati

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Smart fires up its commercial 5G Standalone (SA) sites in Makati City, one of the first such networks in the world.

5G SA technology paves the way for a variety of new applications that utilize 5G’s full features. It will provide super-fast response times and faster access to higher data rates that are required by cloud gaming, or immersive media, for example.

This connectivity will also help drive the future readiness of the telco’s network. It will help create new business opportunities and enable new consumer services beyond the mobile phone screen.

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With the technology, customers will be able to project everything on any surface or use Augmented Reality (AR) glasses to superimpose images, videos, and information right in front of them. Adding holographic projectors, they will be able to bring people, objects, and even pets right next to them.

“Technology plays an important role in today’s society as evidently seen during the pandemic. 5G and LTE have provided us with the means to stay connected with our loved ones, work, and study from our homes, and find means to keep ourselves entertained as we continue to keep our families safe,” said Mario G. Tamayo, Head of Technology at PLDT and Smart.

“5G SA, as an innovation platform, will create new opportunities for enterprises and consumers that will maximize its ultra-reliable and low latency capabilities. This enables industrial automation, autonomous mobile robotics deployment, safe remote crane operations, fast response in gaming and interactive video streaming, among others. We are creating opportunities for the Filipino Enterprises to compete in the global arena,” Tamayo adds.

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In firing up its first 5G SA sites at the PLDT and Smart headquarters in Makati, Smart has upgraded its 5G facilities, enabling them to connect with the 5G core network.

With 5G SA in place, Smart can soon offer Voice over New Radio (VoNR) and network slicing capabilities, as well as support new industrial and enterprise opportunities.

The telco made its first successful VoNR call last June at the Technolab in Smart Tower in Makati City.

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