Singtel extends Ericsson partnership with 5G SA network roll-out

Singapore telco Singtel is accelerating its 5G partnership with Ericsson in the republic through the deployment of a 5G network enabled by 5G Standalone (SA) and dual-mode 5G solutions.

The 5G contract award takes the partnership between Ericsson and Singtel to new levels, as Industry 4.0 gathers pace globally, with Singapore recently named world’s most competitive economy in the latest IMD World Competitiveness Ranking.

Singtel has announced that it is tapping on 28Ghz mmWave – in addition to 3.5Ghz and 2100Mhz frequencies – to boost its roll-out of ultra-fast 5G. The telco had conducted trials on a multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform which integrates 5G’s ultra-low latency and high bandwidth capabilities with powerful cloud computing performance. This allows rich graphics to be processed on dedicated servers and transferred directly to devices, significantly cutting lag times.

5G-enabled application use cases could include cloud gaming, immersive VR /AR, robot-human collaboration in real time, autonomous transport, remote healthcare, precision smart manufacturing and smart-nation connectivity.

Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said: “Singtel is committed to building a secure, resilient, world-class 5G network that will serve as the backbone of Singapore’s digital economy. We are pleased to be working with Ericsson, leveraging its industry-leading 5G capabilities and to deliver innovative applications and transformative customer experiences for our consumers and enterprise customers.”

Martin Wiktorin, Head of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and Philippines, added: “Singtel is determined to play a leading role in keeping Singapore at the cutting edge of technology innovation and to ensure that the whole nation benefits from 5G. At Ericsson, our global leadership is evidenced by our extensive deployment experience with 75 live 5G networks worldwide.

“As a long-standing partner, we are equally determined to work alongside Singtel to ensure its subscribers and business customers enjoy the best experiences and opportunities that 5G has to offer.”

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