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Singtel first to offer 5G of more than 1Gbps on 3.5GHz

5G technology and standards are starting to enter into our Singapore market and Singtel is the first to offer 5G of more than 1Gbps on 3.5GHz. Singtel recently announced its 5G non-standalone (NSA) network and they are going to introduce a three-month trial for its consumer and enterprise customers. Singtel is a forerunner of 5G networks and its implementation in Singapore, Singtel’s 5G NSA network is capable of delivering 5G speeds of more than 1Gbps by harnessing 3.5GHz frequency from Singtel’s newly expanded spectrum holdings  as well as existing 2100MHz spectrum while employing advanced technologies such as dual connectivity.

In this three-month trial, Singtel will give their customers an early taste of the ultra-fast mobile speeds and benefits associated with 5G, accessing content-rich services such as movies or games on their mobile devices during the deployment of 3.5GHz, a prime frequency for 5G. For a start, Singtel 5G will cover areas such as Harbourfront, Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We are excited to introduce our customers to a high-quality 5G experience that will enrich their digital lifestyles. With COVID-19 driving everyone online and dramatically increasing our reliance on digital services to work, learn and play, 5G is set to be a huge enabler in our lives in this new normal. We can tap on its potential in combination with applications such as augmented and virtual reality to deliver dynamic and immersive experiences offering the next best substitute to physical interactions, and also deepen our engagement with customers.”

The three-month trial will extend free 5G connectivity and an additional 10GB of local data to 20,000 early adopters. This includes 10,000 existing Singtel Combo and XO customers with compatible 5G handsets who will be progressively provisioned with seamless 5G connectivity. The next 10,000 eligible customers who buy a 5G phone will also get to trial Singtel 5G for free. Beyond the first 20,000 customers, others keen on 5G can also enjoy the trial for S$10 per month (1).

Compatible 5G handsets on Singtel 5G include Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro+, Samsung S20 Ultra 5G and VIVO X50 Pro. The list of handsets will be expanded as more 5G devices are made available in Singapore.

Additionally, everyone in Singapore can also experience first-hand, how 5G can transform everyday events into immersive experiences at the 5G Now@UNBOXED by Singtel showcase. With 5G applications for everyone in the family, the showcase features next-generation robot ambassadors, augmented reality books, 360 o live entertainment delivered via virtual reality, seamless cloud gaming and more.

The showcase will be located at Singtel Comcentre from 1 September and will move to popular venues across the island in the coming year, bringing the Singtel 5G experience to a wider audience. Customers can also choose to experience the showcase from the comfort of their home via a virtual tour on singtel.com/5G.

* Information and picture courtesy of Singtel *

Notes:

(1) Usual Price: S$15 per month

Ground-breaking AR 5G video call between SG and Aus

A ground breaking Augmented Reality (AR) 5G video call between Singapore and Australia was recently achieved by Singtel, Optus, Ericsson and OPPO. With the gradual advancements in 5G technology, the launch and usage of 5G telecommunications networks is getting closer. This would definitely have an impact on our daily life and our work, there are new 5G smartphones that were also being announced at the recent Mobile World Congress and I would share some news on some of the smartphone brands that announced their 5G smartphones.

During my recent coverage on 5G technology news and a visit to 5G Garage, a partnership with Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic, we can see the strong commitment by Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic to build, transform and grow a 5G ecosystem in Singapore.

From the number of 5G smartphones being launched by various technology brands in this year 2019, the launch and usage of 5G technology networks should be starting this year 2019, maybe in the 2nd half of 2019! I am not too sure if I would be changing to a 5G smartphone yet, let’s see how the 5G technology networks progress in the very near future!

Let me share more information behind the ground breaking AR 5G video call between Singapore and Australia :

On Friday 22nd February 2019, Singtel, Optus and Ericsson have successfully made an end-to-end 5G video call with Augmented Reality (AR) between Singapore and Australia. 

Made with OPPO 5G test devices equipped with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modems on 3GPP-compliant 5G networks in both countries, this call marks the latest 5G highlight for Singtel, Optus, Ericsson and OPPO. 

Optus engineer uses OPPO 5G test device during 5G AR video call to Singtel engineers in Singapore Location: Optus’ live 5G site in Sydney, Australia

Singtel and Optus engineers demonstrated the use of AR on a real-time 5G video call using Ericsson’s networks, making instant on-screen annotations to exchange views on their respective live 5G sites. AR provides users with a more inclusive form of communication, opening up new possibilities for enterprises, ranging from mobile collaboration between experts in different locations, on-the-job training to remote assistance. Examples of consumer use cases will include immersive gaming, virtual tactile shopping and holographic calls. 

Singtel engineers use OPPO 5G test device during 5G AR video call with Optus counterpart in Sydney, Australia Location: Singapore

Mr Allen Lew, CEO, Optus said, “Once again Optus has proven our 5G agility, working collaboratively with our colleagues in Singapore to successfully land a ground-breaking 5G inter-country AR video call. Just last month we achieved another first, with the launch of our plans for our 5G Home Broadband product for Australian consumers and today’s announcement is another step in our commitment to lead 5G delivery in Australia.” 

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said: “This call is a significant marker in our journey to 5G as we develop a robust 5G ecosystem to ensure that our enterprise and consumer customers will enjoy an enhanced connectivity experience. 5G is a key enabler that will bring the future of AR, Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities closer to reality.” 

Mr Martin Wiktorin, Country Head, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson added: “The success of this video call using 5G test devices and AR in a multi-party environment, brings us a step closer to having our mobile broadband experience transformed with a mere click. With the establishment of 5G connectivity on smartphones soon becoming a reality, consumers and enterprises will be able to unleash the full potential of 5G by integrating this new technology into their daily lives and operations.” 

Mr Peter Huang, President of OPPO APAC added: “Once again, OPPO has pushed the boundaries of what is possible in a smartphone. The call is another 5G first for OPPO, and demonstrates our commitment to become one of, if not the first manufacturer to commercialise a 5G smartphone. We’ve been preparing for 5G technology for a number of years and have committed RMB10 billion this year alone in R&D investment as we usher in our 5G future. We’re excited about what the next evolution of the mobile network will bring.” 

According to Ericsson’s “Towards a 5G consumer future – Consumer and Industry Insight report 2018”, the idea of 5G services appeals to 76 per cent of smartphone users consulted for the survey. In fact, over one-third of users expect 5G to offer capabilities beyond speed and network coverage. This refers to improvements such as better battery life for devices, reliability, guaranteed quality of service as well as the ability to extend connectivity beyond devices to include the Internet of Things. 

In Singapore, Singtel and Ericsson have achieved significant milestones in building a robust 5G ecosystem, including the launch of the 5G Centre of Excellence programme in October 2017, the first data call over a 3GPP compliant 5G network in one-north in November 2018, as well as the recent opening of the first live 5G facility – the 5G Garage – in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic. Conceptualised as a training centre, test bed and ideation lab, the 5G Garage will drive the adoption of 5G by enterprises in their digital transformations. 

In Australia, Optus and Ericsson are partnering to build 50 new network sites and conduct critical inter-operability device testing. This will allow Optus to deliver a compatible 5G home broadband product to customers. 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel and Ericsson *

Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic open SG 1st 5G facility

SingtelEricsson and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) recently opened Singapore’s first live 5G facility at SP’s Dover Road campus on 17th January 2019. The name of this 5G facility is “5G Garage”, they are connected to Singtel’s latest pilot 5G network located at Ayer Rajah and runs on 3.5GHz trial spectrum granted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).

At the official launch and opening event, guests not only witness this historic moment, they were brought on a tour of the 5G Garage and take a look into the upcoming products, gadgets, services and devices powered by Singtel’s latest pilot 5G network located at Ayer Rajah. 5G Garage will serve as a training centre, test bed and ideation lab to develop Singapore’s 5G ecosystem and drive the adoption of 5G by enterprises in their digital transformations.

5G Garage is conceptualised by Singtel and Ericsson, using this word “garage” sounds familiar to me and it dawned upon me that the major technological companies in the world were “born” in their home garage. After a tour of the 5G Garage, taking a look at some of the 5G Garage student projects and SME demonstrations, I reckon this would be a fitting name and we might get to see of those student projects coming to life into society some time down the road! Some of Singapore’s local SME companies are also on board, showcasing their innovations powered by 5G technology.

My journey with Singtel, Ericsson and 5G technology coverage started in August 2016, when Singtel and Ericsson were the first to showcase 5G in Southeast Asia, followed by Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Forum in January 2017 hosted by Singtel. From this article “Journey to 5G: Singtel is a step closer to 5G” that I covered in January 2017, I have continued on with another coverage article today on the development of 5G technology, it’s getting even closer, there are more real life applications examples of gadgets and devices using 5G technology and connectivity.

From the techonological advancements over the past two years, 5G is more than just a step closer for Singapore, with Singtel and Ericsson leading the way with its infrastructure setup and support to build the 5G capabilities and solutions for the workforce and society.

Check out some of the student projects and industry innovations that have adopted 5G technology and connectivity. It’s a matter of time before 5G is in full force and operating in Singapore (maybe year 2019 or year 2020?). From both B2B and B2C industries, we should be able to see more devices, products, gadgets and services using 5G technology and connectivity, in both commercial and personal capacities in our society, coming soon in the very near future.

Let me share key information and details on the 5G Garage

The first-of-its-kind 5G collaboration between enterprise, industry and an institute of higher learning in Singapore, 5G Garage was officially launched at SP’s Engineering Show 2019. The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) encompassing the following strategic objectives:

  • Build and operate a 5G facility where enterprises can develop and test 5G solutions
  • Co-develop 5G solutions relevant to industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing
  • Develop and deliver 5G wireless technology curriculum for the SP’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Develop 5G capabilities of our workforce

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said, “Singtel is pleased to partner Ericsson and SP on our 5G Garage initiative. As Singapore advances its digital economy and becomes a Smart Nation, the benefits of 5G will first be seen in enterprises, especially in their digital transformation when they integrate technology into their processes, services and products. With 5G standards largely established, now is an opportune time for SMEs and enterprises to join us in shaping our 5G future.”

Mr Martin Wiktorin, Country Manager Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson, states: “5G has the potential to transform industries and bring enhanced mobile broadband experience for consumers. At Ericsson, we are already collaborating globally with 42 operators, 45 institutes and 31 industry partners, to create a thriving 5G ecosystem. We are delighted to partner Singtel and Singapore Polytechnic towards the setting up of the 5G Garage, which we hope will stimulate SP students to come up with new 5G use cases.”

As part of the collaboration, around 250 final-year students from the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Computer Engineering will learn about 5G wireless technology and how to harness and apply it as part of their coursework. There will also be technology transfer from Singtel and Ericsson 5G experts to SP staff and students, through train-the-trainers, technical content sharing and advice on industry applications. Additionally, SP students in the Singtel Engineering Cadet Scholarship Programme will also have the opportunity to take up internships in the 5G Garage and develop solutions for real-life challenges.

Mr Soh Wai Wah, Singapore Polytechnic’s Principal and CEO, said, “This collaboration reflects our strong industry partnership, which is key to keeping our student learning relevant and updated. This latest collaboration will equip our students with skills in the latest technologies and nurture them to innovate and create solutions for the world.”

Three SP Engineering student projects – SP Secure drone system, SP Driverless and Electrifying Car, and Pipe Climbing Robot were selected for 5G development. They were featured during the 5G Garage opening event, with students presenting their projects to over 100 guests.

Local SME partners, Cloudzenand H3Dynamics, also showcased their innovations enhanced with 5G connectivity. Cloudzen demonstrated how their Cloud-based Entertainment Platform can deliver a seamless gaming experience and H3Dynamics performed real-time video analytics on a drone flight in a building façade and security surveillance use case.

5G Garage is the latest project in Singtel and Ericsson’s 5G Centre of Excellence programme which focuses on upgrading of employees’ skills, technology demonstrations, live field trials and collaborations with educational institutions. Last November, Singtel and Ericsson made Singapore’s first 5G data call over their 5G pilot network at one-north.

* Information courtesy of Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic *