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Blue Prism World 2022 APAC in Singapore

SS&C Blue Prism, a global leader in intelligent automation, held its first APAC conference, Blue Prism World 2022 APAC in Singapore on 6th July 2022. An informative, enriching, networking and eye opener conference held in Singapore, sharing knowledge, tips and business operations experiences, to empower and reimagine the future with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation (IA) in Asia Pacific.

Blue Prism World 2022 APAC in Singapore conference was held in a hybrid format, with 130 in-person attendance and over 300 virtual attendees across Asia Pacific (APAC) in senior leadership roles from critical industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services. The conference gave rise to panel discussions and sharing sessions on the opportunities, latest trends and innovative use cases of RPA and IA. The conference welcomed speakers from major corporations such as Schroders, Advantest, National Australia Bank, and Air New Zealand, that shared how RPA and IA solutions are transforming their business operations.

“It is heartening to witness technology leaders in automation, innovation, and digital transformation share their perspectives and innovative ways of unlocking the potential of automation technologies. To construct agile enterprises of the future, we need to harness the collaborative power of people and intelligent automation. At SS&C Blue Prism, we are committed to offering best-in-class services for our customers to increase their capabilities and competitiveness,” said Sunny Saha, Chief Operating Officer, APAC, SS&C Blue Prism.

Future of Work and Digital Transformation via RPA and IA

In a post-pandemic world, a new future of work is upon us. How does the future of work and digital transformation via RPA and IA, help APAC businesses? At the Blue Prism World APAC 2022  in Singapore conference, there are a number of experiences, examples and sharing rom this conference, one noteworthy takeaway is that automation is the one of the biggest drivers of overall organisational productivity and also plays a strategic role in digital and business transformations.

Winners of Customers Excellence Awards

The winners of the annual Blue Prism Customer Excellence Awards were also announced at the conference, for outstanding innovation and transformational use of Blue Prism RPA and IA solutions.

Award winners from APAC include:

  • Head of Intelligent Automation of the Year: Steve Blunt, The University of Sydney
  • Total Transformation APAC: Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Innovation Excellence APAC: Midland Credit Management
  • ROM Excellence APAC: Shell PLC
  • Pinnacle Award: Exec’s Choice APAC: Westpac Banking Corporation

What exactly does SS&C Blue Prism do?

SS&C Blue Prism provides leading enterprise intelligent automation technology worldwide. They empower customers to reimagine how work gets done with a secure and scalable intelligent digital workforce. In a modern era and a new future of work, the world is moving towards a digital workforce, that would increase efficiency, reduces operating costs and returns millions of hours to the employees to focus on the things that matter most to them.

Beyond enterprise business technology solutions provision, they are into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities too. As part of its ongoing CSR commitments, SS&C Blue Prism had pledged to donate £25 (S$36) for each in-person attendee and £5 (S$7) for each virtual attendee to the International Rescue Committee.

Personal key takeaways, thoughts and views from Blue Prism World APAC 2022 in Singapore

Attending Blue Prism World APAC 2022 was a good experience for me, learning more about RPA and IA, in a modern era of work, digital transformation and a new future of work dawning upon us.  This was also one of my first few B2B / Enterprise technology events that I attended in-person  as safe management measures were gradually eased since the global pandemic situation that disrupted our work and living over the past two and a half years.

The sharing sessions from the panel discussions by various business organisations across different industries gave insights into how things had transformed for their organisation with RPA and IA.

Beyond the business and technology sharing sessions, there was a particular session by a speaker, Ms. Wong Su-Yen on “Transforming to Win in Future of Work”, that left a deep impression on me. The Future is Now – 4 things to do:

  • Challenge assumptions
  • Learn, Unlearn, Relearn
  • Stay the Course
  • Dare to Try

Her amazing sharing and experiences would definitely left some lasting impacts and impressions to the attendees in both physical and virtual attendance, as SS&C Blue Prism 2022 APAC in Singapore navigates and leads the digital transformation journey through RPA and IA for businesses.

Coming from a small business owner perspective (as a sole-proprietorship business owner in photography services), being tech savvy and understanding technology are not enough, how would RPA and IA help me in my particular business sector? As well as a digital marketer and content creator role in a digital agency setup?

Coming from a technology writer/editor (in both consumer and enterprise sectors) and content creator/digital marketer perspective, with working experiences from various industries, from hospitality operations to financial advisory services, to a few years of experiences working in small and medium business (SMB) sector. Digital transformation had been on my radar in recent years as I started to cover on enterprise/business sectors, not just from Singapore’s economic push and quest in digital transformation, also from my own personal business operations experience in an SMB that continues my coverage of enterprise/B2B technology developments and macro level economic and business news in Singapore and around the world.

My personal opinions are that the SMB sectors in Singapore are still not fully onboard the digital transformation journey, not only are they underserved by technology providers, they also don’t have the necessary and adequate trained technology people to lead the digital transformation change.

Digital transformation via RPA and IA is an area that I feel would greatly help SMB sectors in their digital transformation journey. This would be an area that I hope to explore and share further down the road.

If you are a business owner, or the CTO or IT lead in charge of the IT and digital transformation for your company, and would like to know more about SS&C Blue Prism, please visit their website and find out more about them.

If you like to know more about the full list of speakers at Blue Prism World 2022 APAC in Singapore, please visit this link and find out more about them.

* Information courtesy of SS&C Blue Prism and WE Communications *

Updates, Thoughts and Views on 1st May 2022 Labour Day

It’s Sunday 1st May 2022, start of a new month in the midst of a long weekend here in Singapore with Hari Raya Puasa public holiday on Tuesday 3rd May 2022. If you have been following and reading my portal/blog for a while, you would know I would break my technology and business media news coverage with personal updates, reflections, thoughts and views on personal matters and other areas. Here’s me starting off the month of May, on a long weekend break with something different – Updates, Thoughts and Views on 1st May 2022 Labour Day.

Call for media pitches: Special Theme Q2 2022 – Fully Restarting Tourism

First and foremost, a major update for my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog. I am inviting a call for media pitches: Special Theme Q2 2022 – Fully Restarting Tourism. The world is opening up their borders, lowering/removing the travel restrictions. This reopening/restarting is not immediate, it would need a bit of time to ramp up resources, training, planning and getting hands on again.

More information on this media pitch can be read here!

Photography Business

An area of concern as this is not picking up as fast as I would like it to be. I would relook into this from both internal and external factors/environments, what I am currently doing, planning and in relation with my other areas of work/other business.

Social Media Marketing

I entered into this sector with high hopes that I would do alright at the start. However, I was taken aback in the wide scope, requirements and expectations for this field of work, this was much harder than I initially thought and expect.

Hard and harsh lessons learnt, now to continue adapting and changing to implement and combine all elements of my photography, videography, writing, content creation and all things social media/digital marketing together, more efficiently and effectively.

Oh yes, throw in “You have to be a designer/graphic artist” as well.

Other Business Interests

I have always been on the lookout for other business interests, finding opportunities to invest or work in them. I can’t say much more due to business sensitivity and privacy. When the time is ripe, I would share more.

Content Creation / Writer’s World

Content creation and writing, on both personal and professional basis, have opened many journeys, avenues, social media platforms and friendships that I never dreamt about. My second photography zine is undergoing review, edit and amendments, there should be an official announcement coming in later part of May 2022.

On a personal note

We are finally opening up, from the economy, borders and travel, to our daily living. We all want a full return back to normal life again soon, will we be the same as before? I am not too sure whether we can still return back to those pre-pandemic days. How would the new future of work and living turn out, I do not know.

I am planning to consolidate my stories, thoughts, feelings and emotions that I went through during this global pandemic period (from 2020), my visual stories and my photographs, before giving a deep thought on my next course of action.

Starting FY2022 on a right note

Monday 3rd January, first Monday of the first week of Year 2022. Some of us would be starting work today, some might be having their public holiday off-in-lieu since New Year Day 2022 was on a Saturday. As for me, while my FY2022 starts on 1st January 2022, I am back in action today, starting FY2022 on a right note with a few updates.

Media Relations

Since this is the start of a new year, I would like to reach out to the various pr agencies, organisations and brands that I worked/engaged with over the years. Thank you for the trust, good working relationships and engagements.

There would be some discussions and matters that we need to follow-up, please drop me an email if I missed out or those that you like to work together on for this Year 2022.

CES 2022 Coverage

CES 2022 is taking place in January 2022, I would be starting coverage on them with the media news updates that I received from the brands/organisations that have sent me media news in December 2021.

I would share more CES 2022 news over this week and maybe the following week, depending on my articles publishing schedule and more CES 2022 media news come in over the next few days.

Yearly Theme and goals for Year 2022

During the last week of Year 2021, I spent some time reflecting as well as planning and strategising for Year 2022. I have tentatively selected my yearly theme for my photography and travel and technology, business and personal in this Year 2022, along with goals that I am setting for myself in the Year 2022. I would be publishing them soon, keep a lookout for them!

Photography (Business and Leisure) Quick Updates

Some quick updates here as I usually post my photography business/leisure updates on my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

  • Time to update my photography business portfolio website
  • Finishing up my second photography zine, tentatively announcing and launching it at the end of January 2022
  • Back up my Q4 2021 photographs
  • More updates would be announced along the way

Administrative Work and Back Up Time

A new FY2022, administrative work needs to be done, backing up and keeping FY2021 records and documentations, whether it’s hard copies or files stored inside my computer. Next would be setting up FY2022 folders.

Spring cleaning in preparation for CNY 2022

Chinese New Year (CNY) 2022 is just 4 weeks away, CNY 2022 falls on 1st February and 2nd February 2022. Spring cleaning in preparation for CNY 2022 starts this week, I would clear, pack up, rearrange and replace my things in stages, every small step/spring cleaning leads to a bigger picture of a lesser packed/messy WFH.

A New Journey has Begun

A new journey has begun, what lies ahead is still unknown due to the ongoing global pandemic situation. I would share more of my thoughts and views in my 2022 yearly theme and goals. Personally, I am cautious for Year 2022, I don’t wish to get myself into another false sense of optimism when Year 2021 started.

Stay safe and take good care of health, mental and emotional well-being as we continue to battle and find a way out from this global pandemic situation.

A Milestone reached, Updates and Upcoming News

It had been a bit of a hectic week leading up to 10th April 2021 – A milestone reached for my photography and travel portal/blog! I was busy preparing, writing down my thoughts, feelings and emotions into my article to commemorate this milestone event. On top of that, I also have some updates and upcoming news to share too.

Updates

Do not worry if you are seeing and reading less articles on this website! As I mentioned a number of times over the years, balancing content creation and consistent coverage for two portals/blogs are very demanding and can be very challenging.

Through my newly established TGH Digital Studio, I am working on bringing my technology writing and coverage to combine more closely with my photography and videography works. Bringing them together with my visual storytelling, creating a new form of technology stories telling in both consumer and enterprise technology.

Attained a 15 years milestone for my photography and travel portal/blog

On 10th April 2021, my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog reached a 15 years milestone. Looking back from my first post on my humble photography blog on 10th April 2006, I had an amazing journey and adventure with my photoblog, there were many ups and downs, growing old along with me, transforming into the a holistic photography and travel portal/blog today.

 

Inside my milestone article, I shared my inner most thoughts, feelings and emotions, as well as making more announcements on what’s coming up next for my photography and travel portal/blog.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported and encouraged me over the past 15 years (and still ongoing) in my visual storyteller and content creation journey!

Upcoming News

In the areas of technology news coverage, from technology gadget reviews, news announcements and launch of new gadgets/appliances etc, you would be seeing and reading more of those news soon.

For those brands and agencies that I have been working closely with in the technology field, I hope to work together more closely together with my visual storytelling and content creation, creating something to tell about technology products and services.

Stay tuned for my upcoming announcements on my latest partnership and collaboration, Meow Mixed Media Production – A mixed media photography and digital artwork collaboration.

The economy is still on the road to recovery, we are still not out of the woods yet in our fight against the global pandemic COVID-19. It’s still not an easy time for my photography business, diversifying and changing strategic business directions, planning to ride on the economy  recovery wave.

Let’s continue to keep vigilant and safe during this difficult recovery period!

Happy Boxing Day 2019 and Happy New Year!

Today is Thursday 26th December 2019, it’s Boxing Day! Wishing everybody a Happy Boxing Day, a post Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As we take the time to celebrate the Christmas festive period, I am also taking this time to rest, recharge and reflect. For my photography and travel portal/blog, I shared some of my plans for that website on my Merry Christmas article post!

Annular Solar Eclipse Singapore 2019 on Boxing Day

Taking the last week of year 2019 to give myself a break, plan, reflect, review and strategise for the upcoming new year 2020. A new year, a new hope, a new beginning, a new race. Some things I won’t share too much in detail, in this current world of social media obsession, instant gratification and judging people (a.k.a. trolling), some matters, thoughts, views, plans, cannot be shared too much nowadays.

I read Fernando Gros recent blog post on Christmas, he shared something that strikes a chord with me, change for the better to build peace, goodwill, friendship. For 2020, I am and I need to get myself away from all the messy and unhealthy things related to social media. In a nutshell, social media has helped me a lot in growing my photography, writing and networks. However, the dire consequences of embracing social media, the bad points, I need to let it go (sing to the tune of Frozen 2)

In 2020, I want to invest my time in more creative works, starting from small projects like a photo zine (it’s like, finally, I am going to start) journaling to publishing my next photo book or a book on my travel adventure stories?

Sometimes, there are a lot of thoughts, views and feelings, sometimes I share, sometimes I don’t as it might be too lengthy or it might be privacy concerns.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the folks have always supported and encouraged me in my photography business journey, as well as my content creation/writer/blogging journey. This journey had never been easy since day 1 and there will be more challenging and uncertain times ahead in the year 2020. Let’s all get ready to welcome and take on year 2020!

Once again, Happy Boxing Day 2019, Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year!

“When We Are Old” wins Singapore leg of Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”

In August 2016, I shared an article earlier on my site that Singtel Group launched a competition to drive content innovation in all its markets that they operates in. The name of the competition organised by Singtel Group is “The 5-Min Video Challenge”.

For the Singapore leg of Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”, a winner has emerged! The title of the video is “When We Are Old” directed by Mr Koh Chong Wu. The runner up is “Calling Home” directed by Mr Tang Kang Sheng. They will be competing with entries from other countries for the grand prize at the regional finals to be held in Singapore on 21st November.

Let me share more information on this news below –

Singtel has announced that “When We are Old”, directed by Mr Koh Chong Wu, has won the Singapore leg of Singtel Group’s inaugural video competition, “The 5-Min Video Challenge.” The runner-up spot went to Mr Tang Kang Sheng’s entry, “Calling Home”. Both videos will compete with 10 other entries from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Tanzania and Thailand, for the grand prize at the Regional Finals to be held in Singapore on 21 November.

Supported by Singtel to nurture and provide talent with a platform to showcase their creativity, the Singapore leg of the Challenge attracted more than 55 submissions from film professionals, as well as students. The theme, “Connecting Lives”, was narrated in 5-minute videos that grappled with topics ranging from the light-hearted such as travel and youth romance, to more serious societal concerns such as aging.

A stellar cast of judges including Mr Eric Khoo, Mr K. Rajagopal and Mr Brian Gothong Tan considered criteria such as relevance to theme, storytelling, originality, cinematography and quality of production, in choosing the winning entries.

Mr Brian Gothong Tan said, “The films that we have selected reflect our human need to connect. We gravitated towards films that portrayed the complexity of communication in a simple, clear yet profound manner. We were moved and touched by their honest storytelling that expressed the human condition with all its ups and downs, and showed us how all our lives are inextricably linked.”

Inspired by a true story, “When We Are Old” offers a glimpse into the life of a son living with his dementia-suffering mother.

Mr Koh said, “I am very happy and excited about winning. Making films is my passion and I have made it my lifelong pursuit. To be able to help others share their stories and create films that touches the heart of others means a lot to me. Winning this competition will spur me to continue to make more films and reach out to more people.”

The runner-up, “Calling Home” depicts how a migrant worker’s call home connects two strangers at a bus stop.

“It is such an honour to have our short film chosen as the first runner up and we are absolutely psyched about the win! The film was made based on our own experiences on connecting with strangers. What came through to us most in this production was how both the actors had channelled their own personal experiences into their performances.” said Mr Tang.

Mr Koh will be awarded S$15,000 in prize money for winning the local challenge and runner-up, Mr Tang will receive S$10,000. Their videos, along with two other top local submissions can be viewed on Singtel TV, the official 5-Min Video Challenge website and Singtel’s YouTube Channel.

Mr Koh and Mr Tang will also join finalists from Singtel Group’s regional associates to vie for the Grand Winner spot and cash prize of US$30,000 at the Regional Finals later this month.

The 5-Min Video Challenge – Audience voting

Conceptualised to drive content innovation and engage audiences in all of Singtel’s markets, “The 5- Min Video Challenge” is a joint initiative by associates within the Group, comprising Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, Globe and Telkomsel.

The Challenge garnered close to 600 entries from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Tanzania and Thailand. The videos, submitted by a demographic of students, aspiring filmmakers and award-winning directors, featured various languages and a gamut of genres, ranging from comedy, romance to drama and slice of life.

Local judges were tasked to choose a winner and runner-up from the submissions. Twelve finalists – two from each of the six countries will be competing in the Regional Finals.

These finalists, as well as regional judges, Mr Eric Khoo (Singapore), Mr Monty Tiwa (Indonesia), Mr Simon Joyce (Australia), Mr Philbert Ortiz Dy (the Philippines), Mr Pratthana Leelapanang (Thailand), and Mr Hanscana (Tanzania) will convene at the Grand Hyatt Singapore on 21 November for the final judging session and awards event.

Besides the regional judges, audiences will also have a say in choosing the Grand Winner – public votes will count for 30 percent of overall scores at the finals. The public can view and then cast their votes for their favourite videos at www.the5minvideo.com/finalists. Voting is open until 18 November 2016, 2359hrs, SGT.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Singtel Group launched The 5-Min Video Challenge

The Singtel Group recently launched a competition to drive content innovation in all its markets that they operates in. Content nowadays in today’s climate and connectivity, on the internet, social media channels along with mobile data usage, it is getting more important and significance as we users are consuming a lot more digital content and diversified digital content (from news, articles, stories to entertainment) as well.

Nowadays, video is getting a lot more attention, usage and consumption. They are going to play a bigger role in the years to come and with 5G coming into the market, mobile data consumption of video content is going to increase.

Let me share with you the information and details of The 5-Min Video Challenge by Singtel Group from the press release information below –

The Singtel Group has launched ‘The 5-Min Video Challenge’ as part of efforts to drive content innovation in all its markets. The competition is a joint initiative by associates within the Group, comprising Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, Globe and Telkomsel. Winning content will be distributed and made accessible to over 600 million customers across the Group.

Content is a big part of the Group’s strategy to connect with customers as the proliferation of mobile devices has fuelled demand for online video entertainment. The short five-minute format is ideal for audiences accustomed to viewing content on mobile devices.

Mr Mark Chong, CEO, International, Singtel, said, “We are making a big push in digital content as consumers have radically changed the way they consume entertainment. For many of Singtel’s more than 600 million customers, the mobile phone is also the only way for them to access the internet. A pan-regional competition makes a lot of sense as the power of content is its ability to transcend geographical and language barriers. Our customers will be able to enjoy access to a rich variety of original content created by the most talented content-makers from the region.”

The competition will be conducted at two levels – local and regional. Each associate will first invite aspiring or experienced local filmmakers to submit five-minute entries based on the theme “Connecting Lives”. The entries will be judged on criteria such as originality of content, storytelling and cinematography. Winning entries from the respective associates’ markets will then be judged at a regional level.

Mr Chong added, “The theme “Connecting Lives” resonates with Singtel’s business of keeping people connected and how human connections can drive positive change in our everyday lives. We hope to discover new talent and concepts that we can work with on future projects for the Group’s mobile and video platforms such as Globe Studios and AIS Play.”

Mr Somchai Lertsutiwong, CEO of Advanced Info Service Plc., said: “Thailand has seen exponential growth in video content consumption. This is because it thoroughly responds to the needs of modern consumers. Another important contributor to growth is the strong digital infrastructure of AIS together with its mobile technologies including 4G, 4.5G, Super WiFi and the AIS Fibre fixed broadband network. As well, rapid growth in access to affordable smartphones at the mass-market level is another significant factor sparking the video content boom.”

“Therefore, we’re proud to play a part in organising this video content competition. We wish to work with new faces, as our content partners, in the video content creation business. From this competition, we expect to find the best video content to present even more variety to AIS customers via the AIS Play video platform,” Mr Lertsutiwong said.

Two videos will be shortlisted from each associate’s market and a total of 14 videos will enter the regional level of the competition.

The grand winner and runner-up will be announced at the grand finals, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 November 2016. Cash prizes of US$30,000 and US$15,000 will be awarded to the grand winner and runner-up respectively. The regional winners will also get the opportunity to promote their videos on each associate’s mobile and video platforms to customers in the Group’s markets across Asia, Africa and Australia.

To find out more about The 5-min Video Challenge, visit www.the5minvideo.com.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Singtel and Ericsson first to showcase 5G in Southeast Asia

The journey to 5G has already begun, with Singtel and Ericsson leading the way in Singapore and Southeast Asia, being the first to showcase 5G technology. I was at the Singtel and Ericsson joint demonstration event recently, witnessing the potential and capabilities of the upcoming 5G technology and mobile networks.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gearing up towards a higher level on all fronts, with 5G being an integral part of IoT technology and growth in the local, regional and international context. In recent months, I started to learn more about IoT even though I had been an avid consumer, user and practitioner of technology products and services over the years through my photography, social media sharing, using smartphones, tablets and laptops. Here are some of my earlier articles relating to IoT – Internet of Things, AXON Platform by GreenWave Systems at CommunicAsia 2016 and The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai).

Our current network is 4G/LTE and it’s pretty fast for me to use it when I am on the move, maybe except in places where there are huge crowds and everybody wants to share something on their social media channels thus the 4G/LTE network gets jammed up and slows down. With this upcoming 5G technology and networks, it’s going to a lot faster! The arrival of 5G is not too far away, just a few years away from 2020. This is going to impact how we users consume mobile data, digital content and digital lifestyle.

On a personal, B2C, leisure and consumer level, for those who spend time on their mobile devices (smartphones or tablets) watching videos, entertainment, dramas, playing online games etc, I reckon you would love 5G network when it is finally here. On a commercial, B2B level, 5G has some potential big impacts on how businesses would be changed and operated differently. At the Singtel and Ericsson event, I had a glimpse into these 2 areas on the impacts of the upcoming 5G.

How is Singtel and Ericsson leading the way with 5G ? Let me share the news with you from the press release information below –

Singtel and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have joined forces in Singapore to bring 5G innovation to Southeast Asia for the first time with a live demonstration of the potential of 5G.

The “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” demonstration features Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes to showcase some of the ground-breaking capabilities offered by the new technology, achieving a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps and latency as low as 2ms. Singtel and Ericsson also demonstrated the world’s first end-to-end (from the time the video is captured at the server end to the time it is displayed at the device) low latency live video streaming over 5G.

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This milestone is a result of the 5G memorandum of understanding signed by Ericsson and Singtel last year, which involved evaluating and testing technologies that are strong candidates for future 5G standardisation.

Singtel and Ericsson are leading the way for 4G and 5G in Singapore, in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision and the anticipated four-fold growth1 in connected devices. As 5G offers greater throughput and lower latency, it will bring more use cases to Internet of Things (IoT), enabling massive connectivity and allowing new applications for consumers and enterprises such as smart vehicles and transport architecture, remote healthcare and new levels of human-IoT interaction.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says, “We strive to upgrade our networks with cutting-edge enhancements, constantly offering our customers all the possibilities that technology brings. Singapore is at the forefront of the most connected cities in the world and now we want to take it to the next level. 5G is very important to the Singtel Group as it will support advanced communication needs. To ensure the Group continues our technology leadership in the mobile communications domain, we are exploring, studying and trialling pre-5G technologies with Ericsson.”

Dr Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson APAC says, “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and 5G performance will benefit consumers, business users and entire industries in Singapore. Together with Singtel we have launched many world-first and nation-first achievements with the 4G network since 2011 and we will be together at the forefront of 5G as well.”

The aim is for 5G networks to be highly efficient, faster, support more users, more devices, more services, and new use cases without a corresponding impact on cost or carbon footprint. 5G will revolutionise five key industries including TV and media, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure.

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Singtel is progressing well on its 5G journey, deploying key pre-5G technologies such as LTE-Advanced (Carrier aggregation, 256QAM) on its live network and taking the next step to LTE Advanced Pro (LAA, NB-IoT). These radio technology upgrades deliver superior connectivity, characterised by faster and more consistent speeds, to its customers.

With 5G expected to be standardised and commercially available by 2020, Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes enable operators, ecosystem partners, academics and analysts to test 5G capabilities live.

Some key capabilities include multipoint connectivity with distributed multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and 5G-LTE dual connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.

The Ericsson 5G Radio Prototype has demonstrated not only record-breaking throughput, but also the tight interworking between network layers, frequency bands, and technology standards that will be critical to ensuring seamless connectivity for billions of connected devices, machines and things, supporting consumer, business and industrial applications.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications*

* I would like to thank Singtel for the invitation to the Singtel and Ericsson “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” demonstration event. *