Smart Communications, the mobile arm of PLDT Inc., has announced the successful completion of a full-blown Open Radio Access Network RAN Intelligent Controller (Open RAN RIC) proof of concept (PoC) in partnership with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO. Claiming a first for the Philippines, Smart said the PoC tests were conducted at the PLDT-Smart Technolab in Makati City featuring various use case scenarios. The mobile operator was also the first Filipino company to test Open RAN in Q1 2023, having previously explored the possibility of using the technology starting back in 2019.

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