PLDT to transform Ateneo into ‘Smart 5G campus’ (The Philippine Star)

The Ateneo de Manila University will soon become the country’s first “Smart 5G campus.”

PLDT, through its wireless arm Smart Communications Inc., has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ateneo to partner in the development of next-generation applications and services that will run on Smart’s 5G wireless network.

Under the memorandum, PLDT-Smart, together with their technology partner Nokia, will help set up the Ateneo’s Convergent Technologies Center with a 5G lab that will enable the university’s students and tech experts to co-develop practical and relevant solutions.

Among the applications eyed for development are Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, augmented and virtual reality services, robotics, drones and analytics what will be supported by 5G base stations that Smart will set up across the campus.

“We’re truly grateful for this gift. More than just a tool, we are excited about the applications, especially as it refers to inclusion, resilience and sustainability,” Ateneo president Jose Ramon Villarin said.

“Our technology these days can be a wonderful toolbox, and we believe that it can be a portal to greater things,” Villarin added.

PLDT-Smart chairman and chief executive office Manny V. Pangilinan stressed the role of technology to improve the welfare and lives of the people.

“It is our most profound hope that the provision of 5G will further enable the students of the Ateneo to create, develop and explore new ways to continuously uplift our nation,” Pangilinan said.

The launch of 5G at the Ateneo is the third leg in the PLDT Group’s roadmap of 5G deployment in the Philippines.

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The Philippine Star

21 June 2019

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