For the very first time in the mobile internet history in the Philippines a "live" test on 5G network has just been conducted in the country by leading tech giants Nokia and Smart Communications Inc. The live test or demo of the 5G technology was done in Quezon City at the Nokia Manila Technology Center, one the Finnish company's research and development powerhouses for 5G technology in the world. The speed test hit as high as 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps).
The test was done using 100MHz with latency of just 1 millisecond. Nokia said with extremely low latency, 5G will enable a huge number of new use cases such as remote surgery, real-time responsive robots for automated industrial production, virtual and augmented reality and autonomous driving. Also Smart Inc has proven record of investing in the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine applications, and the imminent arrival of the next-gen 5G technology in the country will be critical in realizing their full vision.
"We are excited to work with Nokia in conducting cutting-edge research and development for 5G. This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country's most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions."said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman and CEO of PLDT and Smart.
"Smart is committed to enriching the lives of Filipinos by bringing them the best possible technology. This live demo is part of our initiative to develop 5G capabilities by 2020. We look forward to working with Nokia and taking advantage of its leadership and proven expertise in the 5G space. The demo also underlines our commitment to provide the most relevant services and the best experience to our customers," said Joachim Horn, Chief Technology and Information Advisor at PLDT and Smart.
"Smart has been a longstanding partner of Nokia and we are thrilled to be part of their transformation towards 5G. Acquiring the 5G competencies early will enable Smart to lead the market with new offers for their subscribers and improve the customer experience. Nokia is committed to R&D investment through our Media Technology Center, which plays an important role in the development of 5G solutions and services,"said Sandeep Girotra , Head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia .According to Nokia Bell Labs, by 2020, there will be about five billion devices connected through mobile networks. I am not really an expert in this matter, but that sounds like a lot of devices sharing connectivity and if the technology is not upgraded by then, the speed will definitely suffer as well as customer experiences and a lot more. So this development really excites me a lot and I really can't wait for this to arrive in the Philippines and personally witness and experience what it has in store for connected Filipinos.