Singapore awards 2 5G licences

5G is finally coming to Singapore. Traditionally a fast adopter of telecommunications technologies, the nation has been a tad slower than some others in moving to the next generation of mobile telecommunications.

All four Singapore telcos — M1, Singtel, StarHub, and TPG Telecom — bidded but only three got a slice of the pie. Singtel and a StarHub-M1 consortium secured the two 5G operating licences.

They will be allocated 100MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum each to deploy 5G networks across the nation.

Standalone 5G networks should be rolled out from next January with coverage for half of Singapore by the end of 2022. Nation-wide coverage is expected to be by end 2025.

“Singapore is forging ahead with our vision to have a world-class, secure and resilient 5G infrastructure that will be the backbone of our digital economy. Amid today’s COVID-19 challenges, the investments in Singapore’s 5G infrastructure underscore long-term business confidence in our economy, and will ready us for the eventual recovery to build a thriving digital future for our people, businesses and industries,” said S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore.