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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.

Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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2 Responses

  1. K L says:

    malayo sa realidad. VOLTE muna mga ugok

  2. bern says:

    “the world is shifting into faster and faster network technologies” – yeah, but don’t count in the Phillippines. I have freedom plan from Smart and its data speed has been very slow since I got started this plan, my location is around Pio Del Pilar, Makati near Pasay boundaries and the speed that I always get is so very disappointing, to say nothing of that I have been living in this area for more than 10 years now, and no improvement since then.

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