In a press release, Singapore’s leading mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, Singtel, says it has deployed the city-state’s first 5G standalone (SA) trial network at its 5G Garage testing facility. The network offers enterprise customers early access to 5G to develop and test out 5G trial solutions and utilises 3500MHz spectrum and Swedish vendor Ericsson’s advanced Massive MIMO technology to deliver ultra-fast speeds and low-latency or response times, it said. The trial follows close on the heels of last month’s announcement from the MNO that it had 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. The NSA network rides on top of the cellco’s existing 4G infrastructure.
Commenting on the development, Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Group Enterprise at Singtel said, ‘COVID-19 has brought a new urgency to digital transformation for many sectors. Having unveiled our first 5G use case with our 24/7 unmanned pop-up retail store in September, our 5G SA trial network offers enterprises from across industries the opportunity to develop and test applications to accelerate automation and digitalisation. With 5G’s low latency and scalability, enterprises can not only drive efficiencies and make better and more cost-effective decisions but also deliver richer customer experiences. The launch of this 5G SA trial network is also an important step as we get ready for commercial 5G SA. We welcome enterprises to harness the power of 5G to future-proof their businesses and catalyse their digital transformation at 5G Garage.’