Smart 5G Network Speed Test Achieves 14Gbps

Carmel Miguel
In preparation for the upcoming roll out of the 5G technology here in the Philippines, Smart Communications, the wireless subsidiary of PLDT, together with its partner, Huawei Technologies Inc. has successfully achieved 14Gbps speed via its 5G network during a speed test in the PLDT-Smart 5G TechnoLab.

Smart 5G Network Speed Test Achieves 14Gbps
Smart 5G Network Speed Test Achieves 14Gbps

Notched using the 5G New Radio, the 14Gbps speed surpasses the 6.5Gbps speed garnered during the initial test inside the TechnoLab earlier this month.

Built to be a hub for innovative services, the 5G TechnoLab is PLDT-Smart’s flagship facility for research and development, standardization, as well as for 5G and fifth-generation wireless broadband technologies and services testing.

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The technologies hosted inside the 5G Technolab include Smart’s software-defined and fully virtualized network elements, the next generation 5G mmWave NR (Wireless) and XGS-PON (Fixed), which supports up to 10Gbps uplink and downlink speeds for bandwidth-heavy activities like future Virtual Reality, 4K displays and massive IoT deployments, intended to help in integrating advancements to other services like the Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWIFI), and IoT platforms.

“The coming of 5G opens up many opportunities to offer a wider selection of relevant services and solutions to our customers,” said Eric R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. “Now that global standards have already been approved, we are already investing in future-proofing our network and making sure that our network is ready for 5G,” he added.
“To be able to deliver 5G services to our customers in the future, we have begun upgrading our network’s Core and Transport elements,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering.  “As we continue to ramp up the roll-out of LTE, LTE-Advanced and carrier aggregation technology nationwide, we are also making sure that these equipment are already future-proof and 5G-capable,” Tamayo added.

The deployment of the 5G technology is slated to open up possibilities for the Internet of Things (IoT) which will be essential in developing health care and smart cities more using the high speed-low latency combination of 5G.

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