Smart Communications has teamed up with OPPO to further explore and develop 5G Standalone (5G-SA) use cases in the Philippines.
This comes after Smart’s recent firing up of their commercial 5G-SA sites in Makati. Smart and OPPO have been collaborating to test OPPO’s 5G smartphones’ compatibility on Smart’s 5G-SA network using the OPPO Find X3 Pro, as well as successfully demonstrating the potential of Voice over New Radio, or VoNR.
VoNR further elevates the voice and video call experience of users, enabling much better call quality using the 5G-SA network. Smart made its first successful VoNR call as early as July last year at the Technolab.
5G SA technology enables a variety of new industry applications that utilize 5G’s advanced features, enabling super-fast response times and faster access to higher data rates that are required by cloud gaming, or immersive media, for example. Utilizing these advanced capabilities in Smart’s 5G network, new consumer and business services, beyond mobile phone screens, could be developed.
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With this collaboration, Smart is fortifying its leadership in the Philippine 5G space. With over 6,400 5G base stations nationwide, Smart operates the widest 5G network in the country.
Earlier this year, Smart has also partnered with Samsung to drive the development of 5G-SA technology in the Philippines.