Singtel and Intel to launch 5G multi-access edge compute incubator
As Singapore continues to innovate more 5G use cases, Singtel is collaborating with Intel to establish a 5G Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) incubator. Through this collaboration, enterprises will be able to adopt 5G seamlessly, deploy applications that need low latency processing at the edge, drive innovation and accelerate their digital transformation.
A network solution that provides services and computing functions required by users’ edge nodes, 5G MEC allows application services and content closer to users through network collaboration. This provides users with reliable and a proper service experience.
According to Bill Chang, CEO of Group Enterprise and Regional Data Centre Business at Singtel, the telco’s 5G network and Paragon MEC platform are transforming operations in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, smart logistics, healthcare, retail, transportation, and urban planning.
“With Intel, we’re collectively bringing together our best-of-breed knowledge, expertise, assets, and ecosystem to help address business needs, improve operational efficiencies, unlock new opportunities and advance in a 5G world,” commented Chang.
The incubator will be powered by Intel’s 4th Gen Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Data Center GPU, codenamed Ponte Vecchio, and supported by Singtel’s Paragon, a one-stop orchestration platform for 5G edge computing and cloud services, which will simplify the adoption of these 5G services for enterprises. The collaboration will focus on developing the application and ecosystems to deliver transformational enterprises and consumer use cases like high-definition content delivery, cloud gaming, video analytics, virtual-augmented-mixed reality, and the metaverse.
Christoph Schell, Executive Vice President, and Chief Commercial Officer at Intel explained that as enterprises navigate a significant digital transformation, technologies like 5G, edge, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud play a key role in helping to deliver new use cases.
“Our collaboration with Singtel will help accelerate the use of these technologies to solve real business challenges, by utilizing our unique combination of hardware and software spanning Xeon, GPUs, Smart Edge, OpenVINO, and more, and also a broad portfolio of ecosystem innovations,” said Schell.
Enterprises can tap into Singtel and Intel’s ecosystem to deliver their 5G use cases, including ready-to-deploy applications for rapid trials and proof of concepts for research and development. One of the first successful trials on the platform is a content delivery solution. Other ongoing trials include a video analytics AI solution in collaboration with Axis Communications, a mixed reality usage solution for real-time workspace collaboration with HTC, and energy-saving technology developed by Quanta that enables a more sustainable MEC platform for enterprises.
Singtel and Intel also jointly welcome solution providers who have cutting-edge 5G applications to join the program and the incubator for rapid trials and pilots. As more solution providers join the ecosystem, enterprises will have access to a greater range of capabilities and solutions to hone their operations.
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