Singaporean mobile operator StarHub has confirmed that its six-month Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G trial has started today (18 August), using 2100MHz spectrum. Customers subscribed to Mobile+ or Biz+ plans will be able to automatically experience some early 5G benefits using compatible mobile devices that are currently available on a commercial basis. The 5G trial will run until 16 February 2021. By mid-2021 StarHub expects to offer Standalone (SA) 5G services using its newly acquired 3.5GHz spectrum. Nokia has been confirmed as the technology partner that will deploy StarHub’s 5G network.
StarHub’s 5G signal currently covers 53% of Singapore’s populated areas and will expand to reach 70% coverage by September 2020. The areas include busy locations and major residential hubs, such as Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Central Business District, Clementi, Jurong, Orchard, Tampines, Woodlands and Yishun.