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PLDT, Smart in partnership with Huawei readies for 5G




PLDT and Smart plan to ready its system to support the next generation mobile network —  5G.

In a press release, PLDT and Smart affirmed their partnership with Huawei Technologies Philippines to jointly conduct research and development on 5G or fifth-generation wireless broadband technology.


In line with the partnership, the telco with work with Huawei to lead the commercial development of the 5G network in the country. They’ll be identifying the areas of technological innovation needed to deliver 5G. Plans also include setting up a 5G innovation lab and the creation of a showcase network.

“Smart is focused on LTE, as it provides us the best platform to bring high-speed mobile internet throughout the country. LTE facilities, with strengthened transport links, can be quickly upgraded to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), and will be an integral part of our future 5G network,” — Joachim Horn, chief technology and information advisor for PLDT and Smart.

Just recently, 3GPP made a formal 5G branding and with the Phase 1 specifications release sometime in late 2018. Here in the country, Smart expects the technology to arrive in 2020.



This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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10 Responses

  1. Trapik says:

    Another marketing strategy with sub standard service in the real world.

    Why not maximize TRUE 3G all over the country at least before anything else?

  2. this will fun specially that Smart under PLDT have major issues to even maintain their 2G services which they have a lot. Issues with the 3G connectivity thanks to PLDT and Issues with the 4G and LTE being slower than 3G on almost all area except on their favored locations.

    Yep, throw 5G, add more issues.

  3. drew says:

    Well played huawei. Well played. Winning the deal on both telcos.

  4. glenn says:

    Above comments are well said and true. For the love of God set your bar high before proceeding to your next so-called agendas to earn money from consumers with sub standard services. The crocodile corrupt conglomerate of the Philippines has given again false claims to their services less competitive. Money hungry eaters people.

  5. glenn says:

    Above comments are well said and true. For the love of God set your bar high before proceeding to your next so-called agendas to earn money from consumers with sub standard services. The crocodile corrupt conglomerate of the Philippines has given again false claims to their less competitive services . Money hungry eating people.

  6. jim staff says:

    New mobile standards were adopted to maximize stagnant mobile infrastructure and at the same time trick the public they are getting something better. Thanks 3GPP, world governments and telecom monopolies!

  7. Shawn O'shawnessey says:

    You know the Pinoy never makes mistakes when writing in English. They’re never wrong about anything. Just ask badingaling, bingbing, bongbong and dumbdumb.

  8. RENEGADE says:

    Backward compatibility with present hardware should be assured and efforts to improve coverage should still be continued as new standards/infrastructure are implemented

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