Singtel has activated its 5G non-standalone (NSA) network in Singapore, offering both the consumer and enterprise segments the opportunity to sign up to its three-month trial to try out the new service. In a press release, the city-state’s largest operator by subscribers said: ‘As a forerunner of 5G, Singtel’s 5G NSA network is capable of delivering 5G speeds of more than 1Gbps, by harnessing 3.5GHz frequency from Singtel’s newly expanded spectrum holdings as well as existing 2100MHz spectrum while employing advanced technologies such as dual connectivity.’ From launch, the new network covers areas such as Harbourfront, Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut, with the telco extending 5G connectivity and an additional 10GB of mobile data to 20,000 early adopters. Here, it says that 10,000 Singtel Combo and XO customers with compatible 5G handsets ‘will progressively get 5G connectivity’, while the next 10,000 ‘eligible customers’ to purchase a 5G-enabled handset will also get to trial Singtel 5G for free. After that, anyone else that wants to try out the ultra-high speed network will be invited to sign up for SGD10 (USD7.4) per month – compared to the usual price of SGD15.
Commenting on the development, Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said: ‘We are excited to introduce our customers to a high-quality 5G experience that will enrich their digital lifestyles. With COVID-19 driving everyone online and dramatically increasing our reliance on digital services to work, learn and play, 5G is set to be a huge enabler in our lives in this new normal. We can tap on its potential in combination with applications such as augmented and virtual reality to deliver dynamic and immersive experiences offering the next best substitute to physical interactions, and also deepen our engagement with customers.’