Singtel, Ericsson Open 5G Facility In Singapore Polytechnic

A 5G facility has been set up in the campus of Singapore Polytechnic to help develop and test 5G solutions. The facility was built jointly by Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic and is located at the technology institute’s SP’s Dover Road campus.

The facility, named 5G Garage, is connected to Singtel’s latest pilot 5G network located at Ayer Rajah and runs on 3.5GHz trial spectrum granted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).

Conceptualised by Singtel and Ericsson, 5G Garage will serve as a training centre, test bed andideation lab to develop Singapore’s 5G ecosystem and drive the adoption of 5G by enterprises in theirdigital transformations.

According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G is slated to be the fastest generation of cellular technology to be rolled out on a global scale. With ultra-fast connectivity speeds and low latency rates, 5G is set to transform industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing, and enable a future of smart cities, autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence.

The first-of-its-kind 5G collaboration between enterprise, industry and an institute of higher learning in Singapore, 5G Garage was officially launched at SP’s Engineering Show 2019. The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) encompassing the following strategic objectives:

  • Build and operate a 5G facility where enterprises can develop and test 5G solutions
  • Co-develop 5G solutions relevant to industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing
  • Develop and deliver 5G wireless technology curriculum for the SP’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Develop 5G capabilities of our workforce

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said, “Singtel is pleased to partner Ericsson and SP on our 5G Garage initiative. As Singapore advances its digital economy and becomes a Smart Nation, the benefits of 5G will first be seen in enterprises, especially in their digital transformation when they integrate technology into their processes, services and products. With 5G standards largely established, now is an opportune time for SMEs and enterprises to join us in shaping our 5G future.”

5G Garage is the latest project in Singtel and Ericsson’s 5G Centre of Excellence programme whichfocuses on upgrading of employees’ skills, technology demonstrations, live field trials andcollaborations with educational institutions. Last November, Singtel and Ericsson made Singapore’sfirst 5G data call over their 5G pilot network at one-north.

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