Smart plans to launch 5G-ready network by 2020

In order to transform their network to meet the needs of the future, PLDT's wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications, Inc. has launched its 5G Technolab, a facility that will focus on research and development, standardization and Testing With dramatically improved bandwidth, capacity and reliability, 5G will multiply wireless mobile speeds by a thousand miles, making it viable even with the fastest fiber-optic cable networks. . This will open exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications for Filipinos, primarily in healthcare.

"Our vision for 5G is to be able to provide relevant services for our customers." 5G can do more, including enhanced mobile broadband services, large machine-size communications and ultra-high-speed communications. reliable and low-latency, "said Mario G. Tamayo, senior vice president responsible for Network Planning and Engineering, 19659003] See also: SMART Promos

As part of this initiative, Smart and Huawei Philippines signed a memorandum of understanding last year with the aim of "shaping the strategic and commercial development of the 5G ecosystem in the Philippines.] In a test demonstration held at the Nokia Manila Technology Center In Quezon City, the company has managed to reach speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps at 5G level.

Smart is also associated with Ericsson for the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) mobile call l & # 39; year Last, unlike the current mode of calling through 2G or 3G networks, VoLTE uses an enhanced LTE network to transmit voice calls.

This year again, Smart and Huawei have made the first Voice over Wifi (VoWifi). With VoWifi, customers can make voice and video calls wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection with the dialer's use of their handsets compatible with wireless calls.

In recent years, the parent company PLDT has traveled resources for the transformation of the network. In 2018, the company has committed a budget of over 50 billion Philippine pesos for upgrading its network.