Choosing sides? 5G and techno-nationalism

While Singapore and other South-east Asian countries will favour a pragmatic approach in navigating between the tech 'Great Game' between the US and China, the pressure to choose sides is likely to intensify.

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On June 24, Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) issued final approval to Singtel and a StarHub-M1 joint venture to deploy 5G telecommunications networks across the island. TPG Telecom, a newer player, was awarded the remaining frequency to implement localised 5G networks.

Core equipment partners were also announced, with Singtel choosing Sweden's Ericsson and the StarHub-M1 joint venture picking Finland's Nokia for its nationwide 5G networks. TPG Telecom will be partnering China's Huawei for its localised 5G networks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2020, with the headline Choosing sides? 5G and techno-nationalism. Subscribe