Nokia and Smart stage live 5G lab demo with bonus virtual reality

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Nokia and PLDT subsidiary Smart Communications have staged a demonstration of a “live” 5G network (albeit in a lab) for the first time in the Philippines.

The 5G demo was conducted at Nokia Manila Technology Center in Quezon City, where the two companies achieved wireless data speeds of 2.5 Gbps using 100 MHz of spectrum capacity with latency of just 1 millisecond. The demo also leveraged the Nokia AirFrame Data Center platform to support high performance and low latency requirements.

Nokia and Smart also demoed the possibilities enabled via the broadcast of rich, immersive 3D 360 VR content using Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera.

Nokia Manila Technology Center and Smart’s innovation team will collaborate to conduct joint research for the development of 5G technology.  

Joachim Horn, chief technology and information advisor at PLDT and Smart, said the live demo was part of the company’s initiative to develop 5G capabilities by 2020.

Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT and Smart, said: “This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country’s most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions.”

Sandeep Girotra, head of Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia, said: “Smart has been a longstanding partner of Nokia and we are thrilled to be part of their transformation towards 5G. Acquiring the 5G competencies early will enable Smart to lead the market with new offers for their subscribers and improve the customer experience.”

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