Clark will be the start of the company’s 5G rollout
Major news today from PLDT today: the company has officially announced that Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) and Clark Development Corp. (CDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) as the country’s first Smart 5G City.
The telco will fire up the first 5G tower in the fast developing business zone this November, made possible via their strategic technology partner Ericsson.
“We are happy to be working with CDC in building the city of the future, equipped with smart services and powered by 5G infrastructure, right here in Pampanga. This will benefit not only Clark but the country as well by demonstrating that we are in step with the rest of the world in adopting advanced intelligent technologies,” said PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.
Smart hopes that their pioneering efforts in 5G along with Clark’s recent push to make the area the destination for foreign investment would make the area more desirable for hi-tech industries that require ultra-fast, low latency connections.
PLDT and Smart are ramping-up the roll-out of LTE in key areas in CFZ and equipping all of them with 5G facilities in the coming months.
“By piloting 5G in Clark, we are making this zone even more attractive to foreign investors,” said Juan Victor Hernandez, Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise for PLDT and Smart. “Through this pilot, we are putting the possibilities of 5G closer to industries, businesses and enterprises operating in the city.”