Smart Communications 5G speed test with Huawei on Revu Philippines

Smart 5G speed test hits over 6Gbps in demo

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On the same day Globe Telecom announced that it will roll out 5G services starting in 2019, Smart Communications demonstrated yet again its readiness to adopt 5G, the next-generation network technology that performs as much as 100 times faster than 4G.

In a press release published on its website, the PLDT subsidiary showed the result of a speed test held yesterday in the new Smart 5G Technolab, which was set up to focus on the research and development, standardization, and testing of fifth-generation wireless broadband technologies and services.

In the image below, executives from Smart and technology partner Huawei are pointing at the 6.5Gbps connection they achieved from the said speed test.

Smart Communications 5G speed test with Huawei on Revu Philippines

Smart Communications executives conduct 5G speed test with Huawei partners in the new Smart 5G Technolab. From left: Ivan Hu (Huawei), Cheong Gze Wei (Huawei), Clint Cation (PLDT-Smart), Daniel Peng (Huawei), Joachim Horn (PLDT-Smart), Czar Lopez (PLDT-Smart), and Mon Isberto (PLDT-Smart).

The telecommunications company had earlier reached 5G speeds of 2.5Gbps for the first time over a live network in a demo conducted at the Nokia Manila Technology Center in Quezon City.

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PLDT and Smart executive vice president and chief revenue officer Ernesto R. Alberto pointed out that 5G network technology is still at its early stages, with even devices that support it still not available on the market. However, investing in pilot-testing their 5G system is a must to pave the way for a future-proof, 5G-ready network by 2020, he added.

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5G-compatible devices are expected to be launched in 2019. According to Qualcomm, the first units will be announced at MWC 2019, which will kick off on February 25. The chipmaker is the first to introduce a 5G modem in the X50 5G modem.

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 16 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.