M1 has announced that it switched on its 5G non-standalone (NSA) network in Singapore on 24 September for existing and new users, accessible via a simple 5G Booster pack to their existing mobile plan. Claiming a first in the city-state, the cellco confirmed its network is available to all customers with no limit on the number of sign-ups or restrictions on any plans. M1’s 5G Booster packs start at SGD15 (USD10.9) for a 25GB data bundle – customers only need a compatible 5G NSA device to take advantage, it notes. Further, M1 is offering customers who sign up before end-2020 a 70% reduction on their bill for six months, as well as a free year-long subscription to video streaming provider Viu. From launch, M1’s new 5G network is available in Singapore’s central business district (CBD), Orchard Road, Suntec City, and Marina Bay, with plans to extend coverage to the rest of the country’s key urban areas/towns by end-2020. Moreover, it aims to begin deployment of its 5G Standalone (SA) network in early 2021, with a view to having SA-based systems available nationwide by end 2022.
Commenting, M1 CEO Manjot Singh Mann, said: ‘It is no secret that 5G will play a pivotal role in boosting Singapore’s digital economy. We have already seen glimpses of its potential through various enterprise and consumer 5G use cases and trials that we have embarked on so far. Now, we’re thrilled to bring our customers the very best of this game-changing technology to our customers.’