The faster, higher capacity networks are seen as essential by governments because they allow for deployment of key automation technologies like internet-of-things applications and autonomous driving.
Wednesday 08, May 2019
(Bloomberg) --Singapore’s mobile phone carriers are being asked to take a step toward introducing fifth-generation wireless services as early as next year as the government plans to allocate spectrum for at least two networks.
In statement, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said that the city-state’s telecom regulator will request proposals from the companies, which include Singapore Telecommunications and StarHub, later this year.
The authority also asked for comments from the industry and public 7 May to 19 June on plans for regulation of the new network.
Singapore has been slower in moving toward introducing 5G compared with countries like South Korea and the US, which have begun offering limited commercial services this year.
IMDA stated that its rollout will allow for a more fully-optimised 5G network when fully developed. 5G deployments that rely on existing 4G networks for connectivity, as some others do, will not support the full suite of 5G capabilities.
The authority said it will assess proposals from carriers on factors including time to introduction, performance and design, as well as financial capability.
S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, said that the enhanced airwaves will help in providing data services at peak rates of as much as 100 times faster than the current generation, with the ability to support up to 1,000 times more devices.