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Nokia and StarHub jointly deploys cloud-native 5G core for Singapore's 5G SA users

By Liu Hongzuo - on 2 Feb 2021, 11:14am

Nokia and StarHub jointly deploys cloud-native 5G core for Singapore's 5G SA users

This article was originally published on 2 February 2020.

3 February 2020 update: Nokia has reached out to rectify the service rollout timeline. It is slated to come 'later this year', instead of Q3 2021 as previously stated.


Nokia and StarHub 5G contract signing ceremony held on 1 February 2021. Jae Won, Senior Vice President, Mobile Networks for Asia Pacific, Nokia (left) and Nikhil Eapen, Chief Executive, StarHub (right).

Singapore's journey towards mainstream 5G is well underway since the first consumer-centric 5G network launch back in August 2020. Today, Nokia and StarHub jointly announced the deployment of their 5G core network, which is crucial for StarHub in serving consumers using its 5G standalone (SA) network.

According to the joint official statement, the network uses dedicated 5G architecture and components that operates on the 3.5GHz spectrum. The deploying of a cloud-native 5G core would allow StarHub to accept a large number of devices on its SA bandwidth, and users of said 5G network can expect ultra-high and ultra-fast network speeds at low latency. The service launch for said 5G network is expected to come later this year.

“We are seeing strong demand for 5G phones and good take-up of our Mobile+ and Biz+ 5G capable plans launched last August – encouraging signs of the market’s appetite for 5G services, which are going mainstream in terms of deployment and adoption this year. Nokia fueled an important transition for our networks, bringing us into the 5G era, enabling new use cases and services, such as network slicing. Together we are committed to supporting the government’s national strategic Smart Nation initiatives, to drive growth and competitiveness globally, and nationwide 5G is a crucial step as Singapore strives for economic and technological growth," said Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer, StarHub.

StarHub expects the network to reinvent services that are already growing in usage - things like e-sports on-demand, secure mobile networks for campuses and workplaces, and widespread use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices like smart appliances and tools. Part of it will be achieved via a network virtualisation technique called network slicing, which let operators like StarHub dedicate portions of its ultra-fast 5G networks for specific and secure customer use cases - like airport communications or emergency services.

“The Singapore market is highly competitive, with end-users demanding new, innovative 5G services. Leveraging our market-leading 5G solutions, Nokia is proud and committed to continue working with StarHub to bring advance 5G services that will deliver a consistent and enhanced user experience, as well as new revenue opportunities for its enterprise customers,” said Daniel Jaeger, Head of South East Asia Market Unit at Nokia.

For those not in the know, Nokia is also the 5G partner of our orange camp telco, M1. Both StarHub and M1 won 5G rights together as a consortium,

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