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Thursday, 20 August 2020 17:09

Nokia, StarHub conduct ‘first’ live 5G non-standalone network trial in Singapore Featured

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Nokia and Singapore-based communications solutions operator StarHub are conducting South-East Asia’s “first live” 5G non-standalone (NSA) network trial across Singapore, running until 16 February 2021.

Nokia says that by leveraging existing 4G infrastructure, the trial 5G network will allow StarHub to provide higher data bandwidth and reliable connectivity to its subscribers without a major infrastructure overhaul.

The trial involves the network utilising Nokia’s end-to-end core and radio solutions, enabling the efficient use of spectrum to deliver 5G services.

Nokia says the 5G NSA network will enable StarHub customers to enjoy “early benefits of 5G, with enhanced coverage and performance to improve user experience at major residential and commercial hubs of Singapore, with StarHub progressively expanding the 5G NSA network coverage and expecting it to reach 70% by September 2020.  

The comments by Nokia follow StarHub’s recent announcement that it has chosen Nokia as a preferred 5G technology partner for deploying mmWave solution and 5G Standalone (SA) Core network.

Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer of StarHub, said: “At StarHub, we are excited to be the first to offer customers in Singapore the 5G experience. We continue to develop and advance our Network towards SA 5G through close collaboration with our trusted partners.

“To help us evolve quickly and easily towards 5G NSA, we chose Nokia’s Single RAN portfolio as it brings new capabilities, improved network efficiency and end user experience. We look forward to harness the full potential of 5G for Singapore.”

This project marks the beginning of a new chapter in the long-established partnership between Nokia and StarHub,” said Ngiam Ming Kin, Head of Singapore at Nokia.

It will allow us to align with Singapore's Smart Nation vision to create a world-class 5G infrastructure. We are excited to continue supporting StarHub in its mission to make 5G services a reality and a success in Singapore.”

Details of the project, which spans core and software, include:

  • Spectrum re-farming was implemented in 900MHz and 2100MHz for LTE anchor layer and 5G operation, respectively.
  • Nokia NetAct is a central network management system with a proven track record covering StarHub’s multiple networks and technologies, such as 3G, 4G/LTE and now 5G, to reduce manual processes and enhance network quality.
  • Nokia AirScale baseband was modernised to evolve StarHub’s network, deliver high-quality connectivity and coverage.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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