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.

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe