Smart opens 5G Technolab; posts 6.5Gbps peak speed
Just like with 2G, 3G, and 4G, the world is shifting into faster and faster network technologies. The next step is to enter the realm of 5G, the next or fifth generation network system with high speeds and low latency.
Right now, most countries worldwide have easy access to 4G, including the Philippines. Although 4G in our country only recently got standardized. Still, that’s not stopping Smart Communications, Inc. to push for a 5G standard network locally as they open a Technolab dedicated for 5G research and development.
“Our vision for 5G is to be able to provide services that are relevant for our customers. There is more to what 5G can do, which includes enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering.
5G itself is still in the early ages of development but according to PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Ernesto R. Alberto, they are already investing in creating a 5G ready system by 2020.
“Even as 5G network technology is still at its early stages, and keeping in mind that it may take some time before 5G can be available commercially, we are already investing in pilot testing our 5G system and paving the way toward having a ‘5G-ready’ network by 2020,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer
The Smart Technolab will focus all its energy on the research and development, standardization, and testing of 5G. The company also has a standing partnership with Huawei Philippines to ensure a strategic and commercial development of 5G for the country.
Both companies have also recently conducted a speed test in the newly opened Technolab, where they reportedly reached a peak speed of 6.5Gbps.