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Nokia and Smart achieve 5G-ready in live demo, to do joint research in PH

By Ciara Alarcon - on 19 Dec 2016, 10:10am

Nokia and Smart achieve 5G-ready in live demo, to do joint research in PH

For the first time in the country, Nokia and Smart have demonstrated 5G speeds of 2.5 Gb/s using 100 MHz latency of just one millisecond over a live network at Nokia Manila Technology Center in Quezon City.

Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman and CEO of PLDT and Smart

With its capability to deliver extremely high-speed internet coupled with low latency, 5G opens up possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, particularly in healthcare and smart cities. This will also enable a huge number of new use cases such as remote surgery, real-time responsive robots for automated industrial production, virtual and augmented reality, and autonomous driving.

Also, Nokia Manila Technology Center and Smart’s innovation team have announced its partnership to conduct joint 5G research for the development of 5G technology.

“We are excited to work with Nokia in conducting cutting-edge research and development for 5G. This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country’s most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions,” Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman and CEO of PLDT and Smart, said.

Smart also claimed that this live demo was part of their initiative to develop 5G capabilities by 2020.

Sandeep Girotra, Head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia

“Smart has been a longstanding partner of Nokia and we are thrilled to be part of their transformation towards 5G. Acquiring the 5G competencies early will enable Smart to lead the market with new offers for their subscribers and improve the customer experience. Nokia is committed to R&D investment through our Manila Technology Center, which plays an important role in the development of 5G solutions and services,” Sandeep Girotra, Head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia, said.