Smart, Nokia to Deploy 5G Standalone Solutions in Universities

Ciara Alarcon
Smart Communications, Inc. recently inked its partnership with Nokia to deploy their 5G wireless broadband technologies and services in universities, which will be the first 5G standalone (SA) solutions in Southeast Asia.

Smart, Nokia to Deploy 5G Standalone Solutions in Universities
Smart, Nokia to Deploy 5G Standalone Solutions in Universities

According to its memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two companies will collaborate to come up with innovative real world and enterprise-led 5G SA solutions such as artificial intelligence, drones, and IoT applications. This will be possible through the PLDT-Smart 5G Technolab in Makati, and the Nokia Technology Center in Quezon City.

“By working with partners like Nokia in unlocking the full potential of 5G for Filipino enterprises and customers, we are putting the Philippines at par with the rest of the world in preparing for the deployment and adoption of 5G,” PLDT-Smart chief technology and information advisor Joachim Horn shared.

5G SA depends on 5G for data transmission, and enables the full benefit of 5G capabilities to be tested and demonstrated. Meanwhile, 5G non-standalone solution combines the use of 5G and existing LTE resources to transmit data.

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“This gives us great pleasure to continue our partnership with PLDT and Smart, to be one of the pioneers of 5G SA deployment. This goes beyond just speed. 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.” Jae Won, head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia, addressed.

The MoU also noted that the tech giants will deploy 5G SA technologies, and innovative products and services including 5G handsets and applications.

In case you missed it, Smart and Nokia first explored 5G in 2016, achieving speeds of 2.5Gbps using 100MHz with latency of just 1ms over a live network.

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