5G networks are now up and running in Singapore with Singtel taking the lead in the rollout of 5G since it was officially awarded with a 5G license by the Infocomm Media Development Authority in June 2020. Most recently, Singtel delivered the fastest 5G speeds with its 28 GHz mmWave deployment. I am using Singtel 5G networks recently with my Apple iPhone 12, the 5G speeds are really fast.
The 28 GHz mmWave along with the 3.5GHz and 2100Mhz frequencies are boosting Singtel’s rollout of ultra-fast 5G speeds in Singapore. The mmWave offers massive bandwidth, higher capacity and lower latency, this is an ideal frequency for mobile coverage delivery in manufacturing and industrial plants, maritime ports and airports, as well as dense environments such as concert venues and live sporting events. Singtel has started to switch on mmWave in several locations across the island, including Orchard, the Padang and Marina Bay Sands Expo.
Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said, “We are progressing our 5G deployment and boosting our capabilities to meet increasing demand for advanced mobile connectivity in the consumer and enterprise sectors. mmWave 5G’s super-fast speeds and low latency will bring about a striking change in the way we communicate and work. On the consumer front, we are tapping the power of 5G to transform applications such as cloud gaming and augmented reality. We are also working with enterprise customers in key industries to develop 5G solutions in areas such as autonomous guided vehicles, mixed reality and location-based services.”
Singtel’s 5G network harnesses mmWave through a combination of the latest cellular technologies including Massive MIMO (Multiple input multiple output), carrier aggregation and beam-forming solutions. Singtel customers with 5G plans can expect to enjoy mobile speeds of up to 3 Gbps speeds when mmWave-enabled handsets arrive in Singapore next year.
If you have yet to experience 5G speeds, you can get a taste of the true 5G speeds in Singapore. Singtel will be launching Singtel 5G Experience Zones progressively across the island. These Experience Zones will feature exclusive content that consumers can stream for free over a WiFi connection powered by mmWave 5G.
At Singtel pop-up store, UNBOXED, they announced that they have achieved Singapore’s fastest 5G speeds of 3.2Gbps at its pop-up store. UNBOXED is Singtel’s first 5G use case, an example of how mmWave 5G can enable innovative business solutions and enhance consumer experiences by offering reliable high bandwidth connectivity that supports real-time machine communications, artificial intelligence and smart analytics, as well as deliver flexibility and efficiency for store deployment without having to lay fibre cables.
5G networks with its ultra-fast speeds and minimal latency, it has been expected to work together with emerging technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and edge computing, bringing on a new era of industrial 4.0 applications such as precision robotics and advanced video analytics. Singtel is also gearing up to offer dedicated mmWave network solutions to its enterprise customers in the coming months.
* Information courtesy of Singtel *