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Nokia conducts 2.6 Gbps 5G demo in the Philippines

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Nokia and Smart have achieved successful 5G test speeds of 2.6Gbps over 100Mhz, with 1 second of latency, in trials conducted in the Philippines on an active network.

The tests were trialling Nokia’s AirScale platform for IoT connectivity, and form part of a long-term collaboration with Smart’s innovation team to undertake 5G research and development.

The trials, which took place at the Nokia Manila Technology Center at Quezon City, demonstrated viable cloud architectures created in support of real-time IoT operations, and included the execution of 3D VR streaming, as well as Nokia’s AirFrame data centre platform.

PLDT and Smart’s CTO Joachim Horn commented, “This live demo is part of our initiative to develop 5G capabilities by 2020. We look forward to working with Nokia and taking advantage of its leadership and proven expertise in the 5G space.”

AirFrame supports distributed cloud architecture specifically aimed at the low-latency needs of new sectors such as IoT, and includes advanced packet delivery and encrypted acceleration, claiming to be a ‘full hyperscale’ solution.

Nokia’s AirScale offerings include a base station with novel RF elements, and CloudRAN running over AirFrame. The system also features intelligent analytics, and was prominently showcased at Mobile World Congress in 2016.

The new trials form a continuous and growing impetus and interest in developing Radio Access Networks (RANs) into central infrastructure. These current cross-industry efforts are motivated by the promise of IoT, and seem set to bring new prominence to Software Defined Networking (SDN), as the ingenious RAN bridges of Asia spread out into the wider world as NaaS solutions.

PLDT and Smart CEO Manuel Pangilinan commented of the 5G trials. “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.”

PLDT Inc., which rather confusingly abandoned the words (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) that once formed its acronym – owns Nokia and Smart, was founded in 1928 and currently employs approximately 17,500 people.

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