Singtel launches 5G roaming for customers at home and abroad. About 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is the next generation of cellular networks. As per the company's official statement, Singtel is the first telco in Singapore to achieve this milestone within a year of receiving its 5G licence. In the third quarter of last year, StarHub had launched its test service in Singapore.
On the occasion of launch, Singtel will be sponsoring 5G connectivity for Singapore's national squad - Team Singapore - at the Tokyo Olympics. Singtel is a long-running sponsor of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) since the 2012 London Olympics. For the Tokyo Olympics, Singtel will supply the contingent with roaming services, including 5G roaming and ReadyRoam subscriptions for its Team Singapore partner athletes and SNOC officials.
Through Singtel 5G roaming, customers can experience seamless, ultra-fast connectivity. Singtel 5G customers on 5G NOW or 5G XO Plus plans will be the first in Singapore to use 5G roaming. Currently, 5G roaming has been enabled in 13 destinations through 18 global partner telcos, in Australia, China, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. More destinations will be added in the coming months.
“We have launched 5G roaming in anticipation of overseas travel resuming as Singapore and more countries ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination programmes. This will enable our customers to immediately roam abroad with a powerful 5G experience when the world opens up again. We are pleased that our Team Singapore partner athletes heading to the Games in Japan this month will be the early users of our 5G roaming service. We hope that by staying connected with their loved ones and fans back home, they will be able to perform at their best. We are also excited to continue providing the best sports content with free live broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics, so that fans in Singapore can cheer the team on virtually,” said Ms Anna Yip, CEO, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.
To enhance the 5G experience, Singtel has teamed up with Olympic Partner Samsung to gift Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G handsets to Singtel partner athletes. Galaxy S21 Series 5G is designed to deliver outstanding experiences, with impressive advanced photography and videography features such as 8K video recording and a 5G compatible chipset for faster speeds.
Singtel accelerated its 5G rollout during the year, deploying over a thousand 5G sites across Singapore and was the only telco to rollout indoor 5G with coverage in popular malls such as VivoCity and Ngee Ann City.
In February 2021, Singtel launched its XO Plus plans with 5G access, allowing customers to experience immersive entertainment powered by 5G speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Later in April, Singtel issued 5G SA compatible SIM cards to customers and launched its 5G SA network the following month. It has teamed up with its official 5G SA launch partner, Samsung, to allow selected customers to experience first hand the supercharged connectivity of Singtel’s 5G SA network on Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G handsets.
To catch the live action from the Tokyo Olympics, Singtel customers can tune in to all 14 Mediacorp channels for free on Singtel TV CH 21-34 and Singtel TV GO. It is also available on Singtel CAST to all consumers, including non-Singtel customers.