Singtel’s 5G to cover more parts of Singapore
Singtel’s 5G SA (standalone) use cases were launched earlier this week at its ‘Powering Up Singapore With 5G’ event.
Against a backdrop of accelerated digital adoption as a result of safe distancing and remote working, the arrival of 5G has been rather timely. With more people using digital channels to go about their lives, there has been a corresponding increase in demand for fast and reliable connectivity.
This is reflected in a recent Singtel survey, in which a majority of respondents indicated that 5G-enabled services such as augmented reality books and virtual reality entertainment events appeal to them.
5G — a balm for Singapore’s post-covid economic recovery
As organizations look at accelerating growth and thriving in the ‘never normal’, 5G will be an important catalyst to redefine customer experiences and open the way for innovation across industries, said Eileen Chua, Managing Director of SAP Singapore.
“Enterprises will be able to enjoy greater bandwidth for faster data processing, lower latency for greater responsiveness, and enable real-time, optimal decision making with cloud-based orchestration for mission-critical processes at the intelligent edge”, she added.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo commented that “Building a digital future is certainly about the hardware, software, systems, and standards. It is equally about the people and skills.
“For that, the Government will continue to invest in reskilling and upskilling our people so that they can achieve not just digital literacy but digital mastery. This way, everyone can benefit from the infrastructure.”
Yuen Kuan Moon, Group CEO of Singtel said, “Its potential to transform business models and deliver enhanced products and services on a scale like never before, will spur Singapore’s digital economy as the country moves into post-COVID recovery.
In a nod to Singtel’s 5G leadership, Ookla recently declared Singtel the ‘Fastest 5G mobile operator in Singapore’ in H1 2021 for clocking in the highest median mobile network speed.
Additionally, Singtel has partnered with Samsung and Zoom to support hybrid work arrangements with a Productivity Data Pass plan to offer data-free usage of Zoom.
This enables Singtel’s customers to connect to family and colleagues seamlessly and lag-free. This, coupled with Samsung devices such as DeX, will enable customers to set up virtual workstations easily.
Singtel 5G with MEC
Singtel also demonstrated at the event how 5G is empowering industries and businesses with greater productivity and operational efficiency.
Key to this is multi-access edge computing (MEC), an infrastructure that maximizes 5G’s low latency, high bandwidth benefits and enables functions like real-time computing, data storage, data analytics, and AI services at the edge.
MEC supports massive and faster connectivity of devices, bringing to life more mission-critical enterprise applications than before, such as real-time asset tracking and automated quality inspection in factories and smart city planning.
Advanced 5G enterprise solutions soon
Singtel has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ericsson and global industry partners to collaborate on the development and deployment of advanced 5G enterprise solutions in Singapore.
The MOU will allow companies to leverage Ericsson’s technology expertise and Singtel’s 5G network, test facilities, and capabilities to innovate solutions and scale them up for global deployment.
According to Singtel, its 5G SA network now covers two-thirds of Singapore, adding sites in densely populated areas of the island nation. Additionally, it has expanded its 5G indoor coverage to more major shopping malls island-wide.
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