Smart partners with Nokia to deploy 5G in schools
The PLDT Group has teamed up with Nokia to pilot the deployment of fifth-generation (5G) wireless broadband technologies and services in universities.
“We are happy to partner with Nokia to help develop intelligent solutions and technologies for the benefit of the Philippine education sector,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT and Smart Communications.
Under the memorandum of understanding, signed Tuesday, PLDT, Smart and Nokia will collaborate in identifying innovative real world and enterprise-led 5G standalone (5G SA) solutions, such as artificial intelligence, drones, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, for use in schools and colleges.
5G SA relies solely on 5G for data transmission, and allows the full benefit of 5G capabilities to be tested and demonstrated.
On the other hand, 5G NSA combines the use of 5G and existing 4G/LTE resources to transmit data.
The MoU also covers deploying innovative products and services, such as 5G handsets and applications.
Jae Won, head of Nokia’s Asia Pacific and Japan operations, the partnership goes beyond just speed as “5G SA enables introduction of services like real-time remote control of robotics and autonomous driving of transport vehicles in the areas of Industrial Revolution 4.0 with new technologies like network slicing and ultra reliable and low latency communications.”
Smart and Nokia first explored 5G in 2016, when they achieved speeds of 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) using 100 MHz with latency of just 1 millisecond over a ‘live’ network—the first in the Philippines.
This development is the latest in PLDT and Smart’s series of 5G initiatives.
Last June, it launched 5G Technolab, the company’s flagship facility for the research and development, standardization, and testing of 5G, which is designed to be a sustainable environment for innovative services.
It also launched the country’s first Smart 5G Cities in Pampanga and Makati in partnership with multiple technology and industry partners.
Smart also successfully made the country’s first 5G-to-5G video call between the two 5G Smart cities.