PLDT picks Cisco for 5G transport network overhaul

11 Apr 2019

Filipino telecoms giant PLDT Inc. (incl. Smart Communications and Sun Cellular) has selected Cisco to develop its 5G-ready transport network infrastructure, in the process broadening its partnerships in rolling out the next generation connectivity standard. It is understood the vendor will deploy the transport network using the telco’s existing fibre-optic facilities, with PLDT Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan noting that modernising the transport infrastructure ‘will raise PLDT’s fibre network to the next level’. Having already tapped Nokia and Huawei for its 5G push, PLDT’s latest project with Cisco will take three years to complete.