Singtel trials Singapore’s first SA 5G for enterprises

Singtel trials Singapore’s first SA 5G for enterprises

12 October 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Singtel has deployed Singapore’s first 5G standalone (SA) trial network at its 5G Garage testing facility.

The network, which uses 3.5GHz spectrum and Ericsson’s advanced Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology to deliver high-speed and low-latency, gives enterprises early access to 5G.

“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,” said Bill Chang (pictured), chief executive officer of group enterprise at Singtel.

“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.”

Ubitus a provider of cloud gaming has become the first enterprise to use Singtel’s 5G SA network for a 5G cloud gaming tests. The trial demonstrated a 5G cloud gaming experience that consistently delivered 85% lower latency of between 8 to 11 milliseconds compared to cloud gaming on 4G.

The trial leveraged Singtel’s multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform which integrates 5G’s ultra-low latency and high bandwidth capabilities with powerful cloud computing performance.

“We are very excited with the potential of Singtel’s 5G SA and MEC to push the envelope on cloud gaming,” added Wesley Kuo, chief executive officer, Ubitus.

The trials will inform our designs for exciting games which will test gamers’ reflexes and instincts. We will leverage the ultra-low latency of 5G and MEC to offer immersive, hyper-realistic gaming experience.