PLDT-Smart target Q4 launch for commercial 5G services

14 Jun 2019

PLDT Inc. Chairman and CEO Manuel V Pangilinan says that working with the company’s wireless arm Smart Communications, it could launch 5G services commercially to both the business and residential sector by the fourth quarter of this year. PLDT and its wireless subsidiary activated their first 5G cell sites in Makati City and Clark, Pampanga in November 2018 through equipment suppliers Huawei and Ericsson. PLDT also signed an agreement in March with Nokia for the deployment of 5G in schools across the Philippines, and Pangilinan now says: ‘Hopefully by the fourth quarter we could roll out to Home [users] for fixed and wireless, and Enterprise [customers] for fixed and wireless as well.’ The PLDT official added that despite recent concerns over Chinese companies being awarded 5G supply contracts, it still considers Huawei as one of its potential partners for the next generation technology. ‘These are the suppliers of our 4G and some elements of our fixed networks. Of course, we raised the security issues with them. They have promised to cooperate,’ he pointed out.