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IMDA: All Singapore businesses granted access to open 5G testbeds

By Liu Hongzuo - on 19 Oct 2021, 2:53pm

IMDA: All Singapore businesses granted access to open 5G testbeds

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As of today (19 October 2021), all Singapore businesses will have access to open testbeds to develop, adopt, and commercialise 5G-based solutions, said IMDA in a press statement.

This means that businesses here can experiment with 5G connectivity to improve their existing operational needs and wants. The 5G testbeds available are located at Maritime Drone Estate, Singapore Science Park, PIXEL (near One-North MRT), and Sentosa. 

“5G is a gamechanger for enterprises, and we are pulling out all the stops to help businesses benefit from 5G. We have seen early success from the 5G pilots, and it is timely to now shift gears to accelerate adoption and commercialisation. I encourage businesses to experiment and innovate with the new open 5G testbeds,” said Mr Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, IMDA.

The authoritative body shared several use cases that saw measurable success and improvements. For example, IMDA and PSA collaborated on using 5G at Pasir Panjang Terminal for Automated Guided Vehicles and Automated Cranes, while IMDA and Airbus are working together on creating a lightweight 5G standalone modem suitable for drones and in-flight use.

Despite the testbeds locations, 5G testing for businesses is not limited to drones, maritime operations, smart cities solutions, or content production. A key perk of 5G connectivity is low latencies, allowing for near-instantaneous response times as little as 1ms (typical human reflexes have a response time of about 200ms). How businesses exploit and utilise 5G is up to their ingenuity and operational needs.

The press statement further said that companies keen to innovate and develop 5G solutions could utilise IMDA’s S$30 million 5G Innovation Programme, which was launched in January this year.

Source: IMDA (newsroom)

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