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5G trials study: TPG Telecom signs partnership for enterprise development with ST Engineering and SPTel

By Ken Wong - on 18 Feb 2020, 2:42pm

TPG Telecom signs 5G use case partnership with ST Engineering and SPTel

Following the submission of their 5G licence bid to The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore, Singapore’s fourth telco TPG has announced a partnership with ST Engineering and its JV company SPTel to champion and develop 5G enterprise use cases for the following strategic clusters: airports, maritime, smart estates and public sectors.

Under this partnership, ST Engineering’s Electronics sector will provide the enabling platform and applications to support 5G use cases, while SPTel will extend its intelligent network capabilities, including the provision of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) Nodes, to enable the 5G use cases.

Our partnership with ST Engineering will accelerate the adoption of 5G in Singapore. 5G is many times faster than 4G with lower latencies, enabling many new applications such as industry automation, autonomous vehicles, remote robotics, augmented and virtual reality, and event live streaming - Richard Tan, Managing Director & Acting CEO, TPG Telecom.

 

Not the only one believing in use cases

TPG is not the only telco believing that use cases will help drive the growth and adoption of 5G.

Earlier this year, StarHub, who submitted a joint bid for a 5G licence with M1, partnered with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to launch a new NYP-StarHub Application & Experience Centre for 5G (APEX 5G). Together, NYP, StarHub and various industry partners, planned to develop and implement use cases for 5G in Singapore.

Peter Kaliaropoulos, Chief Executive of StarHub, said places like Apex 5G were needed to show the public what was possible with 5G. Without these use cases, Kaliaropoulos feared that is would be a long road to seeing the adoption of the technology in Singapore given the prevalence of fibre to the most buildings in the country.

StarHub 5G partner M1 is participating with IMDA and PSA to study the feasibility of 5G technology in port applications under a 5G Trail Tech Call for real-world testing in a Smart Port environment as well as with Nanyang Technological University Singapore are in partnership to integrate 5G technology into cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication for intelligent traffic solutions.

Other single bidder, Singtel partnered with Ericcson and Singapore Polytechnic to launch a live 5G test facility. The facility is to trial new 5G use cases for SMBs and industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing. They also teamed up with Razer and the IMDA to explore the role 5G networks could play in cloud gaming.