Smart switches on first 5G cell sites in the Philippines

16 Nov 2018

PLDT Inc. mobile arm Smart Communications has activated its first 5G cell sites in the Makati Central Business District and at the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) in Pampanga, Philippines. The move follows an announcement earlier this month that PLDT and Smart are looking to create the country’s first 5G city in CFZ with Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson and the Clark Development Corp (CDC). Now the telecoms giant has confirmed that it has fired up the first 5G cell site at the PLDT headquarters in Makati City – this time working with technology partner Huawei – while also activating its first 5G cell site at the Clark Smart 5G City in the CFZ with Ericsson. The 5G cell sites are 3GPP standard compliant and are the first to be activated in the Philippines. By firing up a 5G cell site in a central business district (CBD), PLDT and Smart are looking to pilot 5G solutions catered to densely populated areas. Going forward the pair expect to test the platform and develop solutions such as autonomous vehicles, connected fleets, and smart buildings/factories etc.