Smart Communications announced a partnership with South Korean tech giant Samsung to develop 5G standalone (5G SA) technology in the Philippines.
The move is seen a major step in helping Smart deliver its promise to accelerate 5G connectivity.
“5G SA, as an innovation platform, will create new opportunities for enterprises and consumers that will maximize its ultra-reliable and low latency capabilities, enabling industrial automation, autonomous mobile robotics deployment, safe remote crane operations, fast response in gaming and interactive video streaming, among others,” said Mario G. Tamayo, head of Technology at PLDT and Smart.
In October 2021, Samsung was able to test 5G-SA and make a successful call using a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G via Voice over New Radio (VoNR) at the PLDT-Smart Technolab in Makati City.
VoNR further elevates the voice and video call experience of users, enabling much better call quality using the 5G-SA network.
“For the 5G future of Philippines to be fully realized, we need to accelerate the rate of deployment for more use cases and new applications to thrive. With 5G networks expanding across the globe, people are now experiencing the impact 5G can have on the mobile experience,” said James Jung, president of Samsung Philippines.
5G SA technology paves the way for a variety of new industry applications which can create new business opportunities and enable new consumer services beyond the mobile phone screens.
To date, Smart has deployed around 6,400 5G base stations nationwide – the widest 5G network in the country.