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Singtel and Ericsson will launch Singapore's first 5G pilot network at one-north later this year

By James Lu - on 23 Jul 2018, 3:11pm

Singtel and Ericsson will launch Singapore's first 5G pilot network at one-north later this year

Singtel and Ericsson announced today that it will launch a pilot 5G network at one-north later this year. The network will use Ericsson’s 3GPP standards compliant 5G technology and will enable speeds of up to 10 times faster than average 4G rates.

5G will enable a number of emerging technologies to run on a telco network thanks to key advantages over existing 4G networks:

These include connected drones and autonomous vehicles, which will be extensively tested in the one-north 5G trial. Singtel also envisions 5G empowering 3D and augmented reality apps, cloud gaming, real time HD 3Dmapping, and robotics taking advantage of higher speed and lower latency provided by 5G networking.

“5G has the potential to accelerate the digital transformation of industries, as well as empower consumers with innovative applications,” said Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer at Singtel. “We are pleased to take another bold step in our journey to 5G with our 5G pilot network at one-north and invite enterprises to start shaping their digital future with us.”

“This is an encouraging step towards commercialisation with live 5G trial networks made possible with the regulatory sandbox IMDA has in place,” said Ms Aileen Chia, Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms & Post) at IMDA. “IMDA will continue to work closely with mobile service providers such as Singtel in their journey to build communication capabilities of the future and complement Singapore’s efforts towards a vibrant digital economy.”

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