ICTSI operating PH’s first 5G ‘intelligent’ port

Published October 26, 2021, 5:52 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla


International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) will operate the country’s first 5G-enabled ‘intelligent’ port at its flagship, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).

ICTSI partnered with PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. to develop 5G technology use cases for industry and enterprise.

“It’s very important that we constantly drive efficiency and optimization in the cargo flows,” says Brian Mark Hibbert, ICTSI Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

“To do that, we also need to push that optimization, beyond the boundaries of the fence of the container terminal,” he elaborated.

“To drive this journey forward, we wanted to deploy a unified backbone of communication across the port. Hence our partnership with PLDT around 5G technology.”

Overall, “We see many opportunities with 5G to provide rich communication, not just to the multitude of technologies that we’re deploying inside the port, but to reach out to our customers and partners across the supply chain,” Hibbert pointed out.

ICTSI is one of the world’s largest container terminal operators with 34 container ports across 20 countries.

It has deployed various Internet of Things or IoT solutions in its operations and management.

The MICT will be the first in the ICTSI Group and the first in the Philippine port industry to use 5G technology.