Singapore's 5G rules may spur greater competition

New 5G network cannot piggyback on 4G systems - this levels the playing field

The Infocomm Media Development Authority has called for interested telcos to submit detailed proposals on their 5G deployment plans.
The Infocomm Media Development Authority has called for interested telcos to submit detailed proposals on their 5G deployment plans.PHOTO: ST FILE

A requirement for Singapore's 5G network to be a new one that does not piggyback on 4G technologies will give local telcos an opportunity to pick equipment suppliers from scratch, said industry experts.

Any "lock-in" to existing 4G vendors for a cheap and quick migration to 5G - an advantage that China's Huawei Technologies has over rivals around the world - will not influence telcos' decisions on 5G.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore's 5G rules may spur greater competition'. Print Edition | Subscribe