Telecoms in Singapore tap Nokia and Ericsson for 5G network

Singtel and a joint venture by StarHub and M1 received final awards to operate 5G networks in Singapore.
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They have selected Nokia and Ericsson, two leading mobile network suppliers, to build infrastructure for new 5G networks.

Canada-based telecom operators had also selected Nokia and Ericsson to build infrastructure for new 5G networks in Canada.

Singapore is aiming for nationwide 5G standalone deployment by 2025.

In Singapore, a joint venture between M1 and Starhub received 5G licence for one of the city-state. The JV, floated for 5G business, has selected Finland-based Nokia to build the radio access network. Nokia will be the preferred technology supplier for the core and mmWave networks.

The companies said they were also exploring other network parts with China’s Huawei and ZTE.

Singtel, the other licensee, said it selected Ericsson to negotiate the provision of ran, core and mmWave networks.

“We remain on track for nationwide 5G standalone deployment by 2025. We will build upon this infrastructure to create a vibrant 5G ecosystem, offering exciting opportunities and benefits for individuals, workers and businesses in Singapore’s digital future,” minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran, said.

Singtel and the StarHub-M1 joint venture had won bids in April to operate 5G networks across Singapore.

Singtel and the StarHub-M1 joint venture can proceed to deploy nationwide 5G standalone networks that deliver full-fledged 5G capabilities.

TPG Telecom would be able to roll out localised 5G networks.

“TPG Telecom has also applied for and is being allocated the remaining frequency spectrum in the millimeter wave band to roll out 5G networks on a localised basis,” IMDA said.

Wholesale arrangements for the use of 5G networks provided by Singtel and the joint venture will be available to TPG and mobile virtual network operators, which can in turn offer retail 5G services to end users.