PLDT Inc.’s wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. is firing up additional 5G cell sites across the Makati central business district in the coming months, paving the way for piloting 5G solutions in densely populated areas.
Smart made the country’s first successful video call on a 5G connection between Smart 5G cities in Pampanga and Makati City Wednesday.
“I suspect it will be the Enterprise and the Home that might benefit first from the 5G until the handheld device is introduced,” PLDT and Smart chairman and chief executive Manuel Pangilinan said during PLDT’s 90th anniversary celebrations.
PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor Joachim Horn made the 5G-powered video call from the PLDT headquarters in Makati to Clark Development Corp. president and chief executive Noel Manankil at the Clark Smart 5G City in Clark Freeport Zone.
The country’s first 5G-enabled video call was made using 5G radio and core equipment of Smart’s technology partners Huawei in Makati and Ericsson in Clark, showcasing 5G interoperability in a multi-vendor environment.