PLDT partners with Cisco for 5G-ready IP transport network

PLDT has signed a three-year agreement with global technology leader Cisco to help transform its IP transport infrastructure into a fully automated software defined 5G-ready IP transport network.

“Under this partnership, PLDT and Cisco will deploy cutting-edge technology to design and build automated, highly reliable, highly scalable, software-defined next generation infrastructure utilizing PLDT’s existing fiber network to seamlessly deliver customized digital experiences to customers,” PLDT said.

According to PLDT chairman Manuel V Pangilinan the said investment will raise PLDT’s fiber network to the next level.

“Today we mark another major milestone in PLDT’s efforts to help the country gear up for the Industrial Revolution 4.0, enabling us to move up to the next generation of digital technologies, such as 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), artificial intelligence and Internet of Things,” Pangilinan added.

Cisco chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins said “at Cisco, we are committed to working with our customers to transform their infrastructure, so they can unlock growth opportunities as everything becomes connected. PLDT is at the forefront of this transformation and we are proud to partner together to deliver best in class services across the Philippines.” 

“This transformation program will not only increase the network’s capacity in anticipation for the upcoming mobile data traffic explosion, it will also make it more intelligent and ready for the deployment of real, standalone 5G,” said PLDT chief technology and information advisor Joachim Horn.

“With this network transformation program, we can empower enterprises and businesses and address their needs for speed, bandwidth and digital services quickly and seamlessly,” Horn added.