Singtel has announced that as part of its 5G ‘push’, it has deployed hundreds of 5G standalone (SA) sites across the city-state, in areas such as Orchard Road, the Central Business District, Harbourfront and Sentosa. With work ongoing to boost in-building coverage in Ngee Ann City and selected Singtel Shops across Singapore (having already begun the process at VivoCity), Singtel confirmed that in readiness for commercial launch, it will begin offering 5G SA compatible SIM cards from today (27 April). The cellco’s 5G SA sites run on 3.5GHz spectrum, enabling it to deliver ultra-fast speeds and swifter response times.
Commenting, Ms Anna Yip, CEO Consumer Singapore Singtel, said: ‘We are ready to usher in a new era of connectivity with 5G SA … As our 5G network gains momentum and evolves, we invite our customers to mark an exciting 5G milestone with us and upgrade to our new 5G SIM cards to future proof and enhance their mobile experience’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Singtel kicked off what it claimed was Singapore’s first 5G SA trial network at its 5G Garage testing facility, in late-September last year. 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 at the time. The trial followed close on the heels of an announcement from the MNO in September 2020 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.