PLDT, Smart and Nokia to Identify Enterprise-led 5G SA Solutions for Universities

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PLDT wireless arm, Smart Communications(Smart) and Nokia have signed an MoU to pilot the deployment of 5G wireless broadband technologies and services in schools.

PLDT, Smart and Nokia will collaborate in identifying innovative real world and enterprise-led 5G standalone (5G SA) solutions, such as artificial intelligence, drones, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, for use in schools, colleges and universities. This will be done through the combined capabilities of the PLDT-Smart 5G Technolab in Makati and the Nokia Technology Center in Quezon City.

5G SA relies solely on 5G for data transmission, and allows the full benefit of 5G capabilities to be tested and demonstrated.  In contrast, 5G NSA (non-standalone) combines the use of 5G and existing 4G/LTE resources to transmit data.

The MoU also covers deploying 5G SA technologies and innovative products and services, such as 5G handsets and applications, for example. 

Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT-Smart Chief Revenue Officer
As the country’s leading and most trusted technology enabler, PLDT and Smart are excited to work with Nokia and the academe in realizing our 5G vision.

Jae Won, Head of Asia Pasific and Japan, Nokia
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.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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