Singapore aims for 5G in 2020

Singapore aims to roll out at least two 5G networks by 2020. With its greater reliability, lower latency and ability to connect more devices, the next generation network will enable applications such as augmented reality/virtual reality content and live streaming of 4K/8K videos.The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is calling for interested mobile network operators (MNOs) to submit proposals with the aim of assigning 5G airwaves to two winning submissions.

IMDA plans to allocate the 3.5 GHz, and the 26 GHz and 28 GHz millimetre wave bands for 5G in the initial tranche of spectrum allocation to those who are interested to deploy 5G technology.

Nurturing a vibrant 5G ecosystem
Besides facilitating the deployment of 5G networks, IMDA also hopes to nurture a vibrant 5G ecosystem by working with the industry to support innovative and impactful use-cases and develop 5G engineering manpower.

It will also continue to waive frequency fees for MNOs to conduct technical and/or commercial 5G trials.

According to Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of IMDA, this public consultation is an important step in IMDA’s plans to launch 5G mobile networks and develop a vibrant 5G ecosystem in Singapore.

“These insights will guide our regulatory approach and industry development efforts in ensuring Singapore’s connectivity infrastructure remains globally competitive in support of our Digital Economy ambitions,” he added.