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. PHOTO: ST FILE
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IMDA said: "Singapore encourages vendor diversity in our telecommunication systems to mitigate risks from dependency on any one vendor."

Singtel, StarHub and M1 said they are in talks with several firms, and will consider a multi-vendor strategy to better manage risk. Since last year, they have been testing all kinds of 5G applications from virtual-reality content streaming to unmanned drones. Singtel is working with Ericsson, while StarHub and M1 work with Nokia and Huawei.

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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. Subscribe