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SingTel partners Ericsson to evaluate and test 5G technologies

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 27, 2015
The next-generation 5G network - which is estimated to be 20 to 30 times faster than the current 4G speed - is expected to begin adoption in year 2020.

Singtel Group Chief Technology Officer, Tay Soo Meng and Region Head Ericsson South East Asia and Oceania, Sam Saba at today's MOU signing ceremony for Singtel and Ericsson's partnership to explore the future of 5G

Local telco company Singtel signed today a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to evaluate and test technologies for the deployment of 5G networks by year 2020.

Under this partnership, the two companies seek to explore 5G and jointly address a wide range of use cases for both consumers and enterprises. The partnership will also include workshops to align 5G requirements, exchange ideas and trials on potential technologies.

The detailed specifications for 5G have yet to be set, but the two entities envision it to be a "flexible, reliable, fast, secure, sustainable and affordable network" that provides connectivity for billions of people, industries and things, everywhere and anytime.

At a media briefing today, Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said that the next-generation 5G networks are estimated to be 20 to 30 times faster than the current 4G speeds.

Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, Ericsson, added that it will also be able to cater for a thousand times more mobile data volumes, support tens of billions of connected devices, and offer five times lower latency.

"5G is the next generation mobile network technology standard. It will deliver key improvements such as near-zero delay for real-time applications for remotely operated machines, super high data throughput speeds of more than 1Gbps, and enable multiple connected intelligent devices," said Tay.

He added that the future deployment of 5G will also align with Singapore's Smart Nation initiative by providing a superb wireless connectivity layer with huge capacity and solid reliability for human-to-human and machine-to-machine communications.

Other strategic partnerships

Ericsson is not the only tech vendor the telco is partnering to explore 5G possibilities.

In November last year, Singtel has also partnered with Chinese telecommunication company, Huawei, to launch a 5G Joint Innovation Programme, which serves as a research platform for 5G mobile broadband technologies.

Singtel is also a member of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance, which is championing the finalisation of the NGMN 5G white paper at the NGMN Forum that is currently being held in Singapore.

According to a media statement, the 5G White Paper serves as a backbone for the mobile communications industry worldwide as it develops 5G technology. The paper sets the guidance of possible uses for 5G as well as performance requirements, network architecture, technology, spectrum and intellectual property rights.

Singtel said that it has been actively contributing to the paper, especially in the topic of spectrum demand. The paper will be presented at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in March this year, it added.


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