Singtel and Ericsson complete 5G live demonstration in Singapore


Singtel and Ericsson have teamed up to bring 5G innovation in Singapore. The duo has completed live demonstration of the potential of 5G.

The demonstration titled “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” features Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes to showcase a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps and latency as low as 2ms. Singtel and Ericsson also demonstrated the low latency live video streaming over 5G.

Ericsson and Singtel had signed 5G memorandum of understanding  last year, which involved evaluating and testing technologies that are strong candidates for future 5G standardization. As 5G offers greater throughput and lower latency, it will bring more use cases to Internet of Things (IoT), enabling massive connectivity and allowing new applications for consumers and enterprises. 5G will revolutionize five key industries including TV and media, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel said,

We strive to upgrade our networks with cutting-edge enhancements, constantly offering our customers all the possibilities that technology brings. Singapore is at the forefront of the most connected cities in the world and now we want to take it to the next level. 5G is very important to the Singtel Group as it will support advanced communication needs. To ensure the Group continues our technology leadership in the mobile communications domain, we are exploring, studying and trialling pre-5G technologies with Ericsson.

Dr Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson APAC says,

5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and 5G performance will benefit consumers, business users and entire industries in Singapore. Together with Singtel we have launched many world-first and nation-first achievements with the 4G network since 2011 and we will be together at the forefront of 5G as well.

Singtel is currently deploying key pre-5G technologies such as LTE-Advanced (Carrier aggregation, 256QAM) on its live network and taking the next step to LTE Advanced Pro (LAA, NB-IoT). With 5G expected to be standardized and commercially available by 2020, Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes are designed to enable operators, ecosystem partners, academics and analysts to test 5G capabilities live.

Some key capabilities include multipoint connectivity with distributed multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and 5G-LTE dual connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.

Author: Sneha Bokil

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