Now Telecom’s deployment of 5G mobile, national broadband network in full swing

Now Telecom Co. Inc. of businessman Mel Velarde said over the weekend the deployment of its 5G mobile network and nationwide broadband network is now in “full swing” after it signed a secondary agreement with Nokia of America Corp. and the US Trade and Development Agency for a technical assistance.

“This marks the completion of the execution of all the required documents for the USTDA project. The project is now in full swing,” NowTel said.

NowTel signed an agreement in January with USTDA for a P118-million grant to support the company’s development and implementation of a mobile and fixed wireless network utilizing 5G technology.

NowTel said Bell Labs Consulting would undertake the TA as the prime contractor. Bell Labs, a company registered in the US, is engaged in research and scientific development in the telecommunications sector

“The TA will provide Now Telecom with the necessary analysis, designs and plans for phased implementation of a nationwide stand-alone 5G wireless network in the Philippines using an industry-validated approach,” it said.