ICTSI, PLDT to build ‘intelligent’ port


International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has partnered with the PLDT Group to build and operate the country’s first 5G-enabled “intelligent” port.

Brian Mark Hibbert, the VP and CIO of ICTSI, said deploying 5G technology in its flagship port Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) is crucial to raise efficiency and optimize port operations.

“It’s very important to us is that we constantly drive efficiency and optimization in the cargo flows. And to do that, we also need to push that optimization, beyond the boundaries of the fence of the container terminal. To really drive this journey forward, we wanted to deploy a unified backbone of communication across the port. Hence our partnership with PLDT around 5G technology,” he said.

Hibbert added that ICTSI will also leverage 5G to improve customer engagement.

“We see many opportunities with 5G to provide rich communication, not just to the multitude of technologies that we’re deploying inside the port, but to reach out to our customers and partners across the supply chain,” he said.

5G is seen to power up various digital technologies due to its high capacity, speed, and low latency features. These include Internet of Things solutions such as “intelligent” ports.

For its part, PLDT said the partnership is “under the broad program of PLDT and Smart to develop world-class 5G technology use cases for industry and enterprise.”

In March, ICTSI announced that it has allotted $250 million for capital expenditures this year, a third larger than its actual spend in 2020, as it completes the expansion and the construction of its various ports globally.

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