First 5G-enabled video call made between Clark Freeport and Makati

Published December 2, 2018, 4:13 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mar Supnad

CLARK FREEPORT – The very first 5G video call powered by Smart Communications was successfully made between this Freeport and Makati City recently.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil (MANILA BULLETIN BUSINESS)

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil was first to experience the interoperability of 5G connection as he received the video call from PLDT–Smart Chief technology and information advisor Joachim Horn from the PLDT headquarters in Makati City.

The first 5G enabled video call was made possible with the use of 5G Radio and Core equipment of Smart partners Huawei in Makati and Ericsson in this Freeport.

The conduct of the first video conference in 5G showcases its ability to exchange information in a multi-vendor environment.

During a ceremony held at PLDT headquarters, PLDT- Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said that the telecommunications firm is strengthening partnerships with private, government and industrial partners to expand the 5G technology.

“We are working very hard with our technology partners Huawei and Ericsson, as well as government and industrial partners like Bases Conversion and Development Authority and CDC in piloting 5G use cases and establishing even more Smart 5G Cities across the country soon,” Pangilinan said.

Meanwhile, Manankil said that the launching of the 5G connectivity demonstrates a strong connectivity.

“It’s a great experience. The audio and the video are excellent. We are very happy and thankful for Smart for choosing Clark as their initial venue and site for 5G,” Manankil said.

Manankil also added that 5G connectivity will soon be experienced all over this Freeport.

“Based on the plan that was submitted to CDC, the plan is in one year and the entire Clark Freeport Zone will be covered by 5G and we are very excited for the completion of that project,” he said.