Monday, 21 January 2019 09:24

Singapore gets first live 5G facility for testing

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Martin Wiktorin, president and country manager for Singapore, Brunei & Philippines, Ericsson, Soh Wai Wah, principal and chief executive, Singapore Polytechnic and Mark Chong, Group chief technology officer, Singtel, at the launch of the 5G facility. Martin Wiktorin, president and country manager for Singapore, Brunei & Philippines, Ericsson, Soh Wai Wah, principal and chief executive, Singapore Polytechnic and Mark Chong, Group chief technology officer, Singtel, at the launch of the 5G facility. Supplied

Singapore telco Singtel, Singapore Polytechnic and Ericsson have opened the country's first live 5G facility at the polytechnic's Dover Road campus, to serve as a training centre, test bed and ideation lab to develop Singapore's 5G ecosystem and encourage adoption of 5G by businesses.

A statement from Singtel said the facility, named 5G Garage, was connected to Singtel's latest pilot 5G network located at Ayer Rajah, and would run on 3.5GHz trial spectrum provided by the Info-communications Media Development Authority.

Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic have signed a memorandum of understanding to:

  • 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; and
  • Develop 5G capabilities for the workforces of the three organisations.

Singtel Group chief technology officer Mark Chong said: “Singtel is pleased to partner with 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.”

Martin Wiktorin, country manager Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson, said: “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 with 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.”

About 250 final-year students from SP's diploma in electrical and electronic engineering and diploma in computer engineering will learn about 5G wireless technology and how to utilise it, as part of their course work.

SP staff and students will also be able to learn from technology transfer from experts at Singtel and Ericsson.

Soh Wai Wah, Singapore Polytechnic’s principal and chief executive, 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.”

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