(Clark Development Corp. president-CEO Noel F. Manankil is first to experience the first ever 5G-enabled video call powered by Smart Communications. Manankil received the video call from Smart Chief technology and information advisor Joachim Horn from PLDT headquaters in Makati. Photo Courtesy of CDC-CD)
CLARK FREEPORT – The very first video call in 5G connection powered by Smart Communications was successfully made between this Freeport and Makati, as the first 5G cities in the country.
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 at this early age.
During a ceremony held at PLDT headquarters in Makati, PLDT- Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said that they working on providing more 5G cities in the future by strengthening their partnership with private, government and industrial partners.
“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.
Sharing his experience of the first 5G- enabled video call, Manankil said “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 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.
With the launching of Clark as the very first 5G- enabled city, infrastructure inside this Freeport are expected to get even better, making them more reliable in creating smart and technology-focused city here. This is also seen to benefit not just locators here but also other industries in various parts of the country.