Nokia and Ericsson offered key roles in Singapore's 5G roll-out

  • Singapore
  • Sunday, 28 Jun 2020

SINGAPORE (dpa): Two of Singapore's main telecoms operators have opted for Sweden's Ericsson and Finland's Nokia as core partners in building two national 5G networks.

The announcements by Singtel and StarHub mean that Chinese operators such as ZTE and Huawei - which have been at the centre of diplomatic and security wrangles in Europe over their roles in building 5G networks there, with opponents alleging close links to China's military - will likely be limited to relatively peripheral aspects of Singapore's 5G systems.

In a statement, Singtel said that after "a rigorous tender process" it "selected Ericsson to commence a period of negotiation to provide the 5G SA Core, RAN and mmWave network."

Earlier on Wednesday, The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Singapore's telecoms regulator, released a statement finalizing the award of two main 5G licences to Singtel and Starhub, the latter as part of a joint venture.

"This sets the stage for the deployment of a world-class, secure and resilient 5G that will be the backbone of Singapore's Digital Economy," said S Iswaran, Singapore's minister for communications and information, in a Facebook post.

By 2025, Singapore's government hopes to have blanket 5G coverage across the city-state, which is home to around 5.8 million people crammed into a land area about a third the size of Luxembourg.

5G networks will, proponents say, increase internet speeds by up to 20 times and facilitate the widespread implementation of the so-called Internet of Things.

Though China and South Korea in 2019 saw significant uptake of 5G, expansion elsewhere has mostly stalled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. - dpa
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