There will be 5G coverage across a minimum of 1/2 Singapore by the tip of 2022, declared the Minister for Communications and knowledge S Iswaran on Thursday i.e. October 17, 2019
Speaking at the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) SG: Digital Industry Day, Mr. Iswaran said the agency feels Singapore ought to have 2 5G networks as a beginning, as a start, as this will enable optimal network arrangement and sustainable competition. It was also found that the local market has room to accommodate 2 other localized 5G networks, thus allowing all four existing telcos – Singtel, StarHub, M1, and TPG Telecom – to provide this service.
“With the involvement of additional mobile network operators, IMDA expects the larger competition to gain consumers and businesses, and bring about greater choices, competitive prices, and service innovation,” the minister said in his speech.
IMDA said in a separate broadcast that it had invited the four telcos to participate in its call for Proposal, that closes on Jan twenty-one, 2020. The winning proposals are going to be set by the middle of next year.
The proposals are going to be evaluated on network style and resilience, network rollout and performance, the value offered for one heap of 3.5GHz band, and money capability.
Operators of the 2 nationwide networks are going to be needed to supply 5G standalone networks, which means ones that don’t piggyback on existing mobile networks. This will make Singapore among the first wave of countries to deploy standalone networks, with cities in China and South Korea planning to do the same next year.
The two nationwide operators will be needed to supply wholesale services to different mobile network operators and mobile virtual network operators like Circles. Life, for locations wherever the 3.5 GHz band is employed.