Manila, Philippines — Smart Communications activated its first 5G cell sites in a couple of key business locations as it preps up to launch its commercial 5G mobile internet services to boost capacity in densely populated districts.
The two 5G cell sites were deployed in partnership with Huawei at its headquarters in the Makati business district and with Ericsson at the Clark Freeport Zone.
Smart Communications, a wholly-owned mobile subsidiary of PLDT, said that it is the first telecommunications company to operate 5G sites in the Philippines.
Ernesto Alberto, chief revenue officer of PLDT, said in a press statement: “With 5G resources now in place, we are looking at developing 5G solutions and applications for central business district areas like Makati, which host a dense population of businesses, people and advanced devices.”
Smart Communications has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to transform the Clark Freeport Zone into the country’s first smart 5G city in the country.
Smart, with about 47 percent market share by in terms of total subscribes, signed a contract with Ericsson back in August to employ a 5G pilot network in the first half of 2019.
Smart added that by the first half of 2019, its mobile network will have more than 2,000 “5G-ready” cell sites nationwide.
Rival wireless carrier Globe Telecom, Inc. is aiming to rollout its own 5G network by the second quarter of 2019 for Globe at Home customers.