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PBA Bubble to be Powered by Smart 5G

It is the first in sports broadcasting

With the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Filipino Cup kicking off yesterday at Clark Freeport in Pampanga, the basketball league made use of Smart’s 5G network to ensure seamless broadcasting of the hardcourt action to avid PBA fans. With download speeds going as high as 1.1Gbps, fans get to watch different angles of every match.

Smart’s 5G tech is also utilized for powering ball-tracking cameras and heat-sensing cameras to ensure the safety and health of all players of the 12-team league and staff members working behind-the-scenes. “In this unprecedented PBA league, we are bringing these two together with the country’s first ever 5G-powered sports broadcast, paving the way for new exciting experiences for organizers, players, and fans of the sport,” PLDT-Smart Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan said.

Smart has been utilizing its 5G tech in different applications for the past few months. These include a demonstration of a 5G-powered eSports hub, a Mobile Legends exhibition match, and a pure 5G call.


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