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StarHub begins issuing 5G SA SIM cards free-of-charge as it ramps up 5G SA network effort

By Liu Hongzuo - on 29 May 2021, 10:29am

StarHub begins issuing 5G SA SIM cards free-of-charge as it ramps up 5G SA network effort

Note: This article was first published on 25 May 2021.

In preparation for its 5G standalone (5G SA) network, StarHub will be issuing StarHub 5G SA SIM cards, free-of-charge, starting from mid-June 2021, to re-contracting and new Mobile+ and Biz+ customers (U.P. S$37.45). According to its official statement released today (25 May 2021), the green telco will be reaching out to customers progressively in the coming weeks with information on how to switch out their current SIM cards.

StarHub said that its users could expect to "enjoy StarHub 5G SA services across hundreds of locations", which includes Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Chinatown, Clementi, Orchard, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands, as well as the Central Business District and Marina Bay Financial Centre.

The newly issued SIM cards will automatically tap onto StarHub's 5G SA network when the service launches, provided that users are wielding compatible 5G smartphones.


StarHub's 5G roadmap

The green camp has been hard at work at making 5G SA connectivity a smooth one prior to its imminent launch. The telco also officially announced that they were able to conduct Singapore's first-ever 5G SA call with the help of its technology partner, Nokia, although no further details were shared.

The successful 5G SA call trial follows several 5G SA milestones StarHub put in place. The telco previously managed to conduct a cross-border 5G SA trial with U Mobile. StarHub was also the first ISP to offer Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service, which will likely rely on StarHub's 5G capabilities to deliver its cloud gaming services when it's live. All these milestones were preceded by StarHub being the first telco to offer any access to 5G to its consumers.

"StarHub’s laser focus on customer experience underpins everything we do. It is less about the technology, but more about how that makes life better for our customers. During these challenging times where our customers may need to be physically apart from loved ones and adapt to disrupted ways of working, the blazing speeds and massive connectivity of 5G SA bridge distances and allow them to stay entertained, productive and connected. We are on track to bringing this superior experience to as many customers as we can. We have been working full steam to develop integrated services and digital solutions for everyone – consumers, enterprises and government agencies alike. Stay tuned for bigger and better things out of StarHub over the coming weeks," said Johan Buse, Chief of Consumer Business Group, StarHub.

For more information on StarHub's 5G journey, don't forget to check out its official web page here.

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