Following last week’s MoU signing with the Clark Development Corporation for the launching of the country’s first Smart 5G City in Clark, PLDT & Smart has announced the firing up of their first 5G cell sites in Clark, and in Makati City.
PLDT and Smart on-aired the first 5G cell site at the PLDT headquarters in Makati City with technology partner Huawei, while it also on-aired the first 5G cell site at the Clark Smart 5G City in the CFZ with technology partner Ericsson.
The 5G cell sites are 3GPP standard compliant and are the first to be activated in the Philippines.
“I am happy to announce that PLDT and Smart just fired up the first 5G cell sites in the country, putting the company alongside the first tier operators in the world to have deployed live 5G base stations. This is part of our commitment to bring the most advanced technologies to the country,” said PLDT and Smart chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.
By firing up a 5G cell site in a central business district, PLDT and Smart are looking to pilot 5G solutions catered to densely populated areas.
“With 5G resources now in place, we are looking at developing 5G solutions and applications for central business district areas like Makati, which host a dense population of businesses, people and advanced devices,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.
5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart cities for Filipinos, particularly for the transport sector, traffic management, manufacturing, airport and mall operations, logistics and warehousing, retail, customer support, and smart homes, among others.
Apart from ultra-high speeds, the key features of 5G include enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications.