Partnership to evaluate and test 5G technologies for future standardization.Areas of interest include cloud core, radio technologies and Machine Type Communications. Joint planning and exploration of 5G technology and architecture.

SingTel and Ericsson have announced their partnership to evaluate and test technologies that are candidates for future 5G standardization.

The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore future 5G networks and to address a wide range of use cases from consumers to industries. The companies will also study how 5G technology can support Singapore’s vision of being a "Smart Nation."

Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, SingTel, says: "We see 5G as a potential technology that will support very advanced communication needs in the future. We will endeavor to explore, study and possibly trial the 5G technologies to ensure SingTel continues its technology leadership in the mobile communications domain."

Sam Saba, Region Head of, Ericsson South East Asia & Oceania, says: ."5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society, where everything that can be connected will be connected. This partnership with SingTel will enable us to further explore the opportunities that will arise with 5G, utilizing our market-leading technologies to develop our solutions and empower people, business and society in Singapore."

With the expected 5G adoption to begin around 2020, Ericsson is focusing on how the industry will adopt the 5G standard globally to deliver capabilities and services beyond the mainstream 4G offerings.

Both companies are to form a team to study potential 5G candidate technologies which can be applicable to Singapore. The agreement allows flexibility for Ericsson and SingTel to explore a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, technologies to support Massive Machine Type Communications (MTC) and evolution to a cloud-based network.

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About Singtel

With its main operations in Singapore, where it is based, and Australia, Singtel has more than 130 years of operating experience, and they have strategic investments in five regional mobile operators – Telkomsel (Indonesia), Globe Telecom (the Philippines), Advanced Info Service (Thailand) and PBTL (Bangladesh).

The Singtel Group provides a wide spectrum of multimedia and internet and communications technology (ICT) solutions, including voice, data and video services over fixed and wireless platforms.

In Singapore, Singtel has the largest market share with over 3.7 million subscribers, equivalent to 48% market share.

As The leading operator in Singapore, Singtel’s 4G network was the first in Singapore and the company was first in in the world to offer commercial LTE-Advanced 300Mbps service with smartphones by using dual-band Carrier Aggregation technology in 2014.

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