The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has granted licenses to Singtel, TPG Telecom and the Joint-Venture Consortium (JVCo1) formed by StarHub and M1 to operate 5G networks in Singapore.
In a press statement, IMDA said Singtel and JVCo can proceed to deploy nationwide 5G standalone networks that deliver full-fledged 5G capabilities. These networks are complemented by localised mmWave deployments to provide high capacity 5G coverage.
Meanwhile, TPG Telecom is being allocated the remaining frequency spectrum in the millimeter wave band to roll out 5G networks on a localised basis.
Wholesale arrangements for the use of 5G networks provided by Singtel and JVCo will be available to TPG and mobile virtual network operators, which can in turn offer retail 5G services to end users.
S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, said, “(Singapore remains) on track for nationwide 5G standalone deployment by 2025. We will build upon this infrastructure to create a vibrant 5G ecosystem, offering exciting opportunities and benefits for individuals, workers and businesses in Singapore’s digital future.”
Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, IMDA, added, “Our operators’ firm interest in deploying 5G is a robust signal of their confidence in the technology. It is heartening to see our efforts to catalyse a 5G innovation ecosystem taking shape, and we will continue to support this important effort to strengthen our national competitiveness, transform our businesses, create good jobs, and improve our people’s lives.”