Singapore launches $29.5 million initiative to test applications for 5G networks

Singapore on Thursday launched an S$40 million ($29.5 million) initiative to test applications for 5G networks, the next generation of mobile communications, ahead of a planned rollout next year.

 Singapore launches .5 million initiative to test applications for 5G networks

The advent of 5G and its infusion with IoT in the coming years is also going to fundamentally change network architectures. Reuters.

The project, unveiled by minister for communications and information S Iswaran, will test the network in areas such as port management, manufacturing and consumer applications as the city-state looks to be “a global front-runner in impactful 5G use cases”.

Singapore will pick a telecoms company to be the first to mass-market 5G networks by the end of the first quarter of next year, the first step in a broader rollout, Iswaran told journalists after the announcement.

Unlike the upgrades of cellular standards 2G in the early 1990s, 3G around the millennium and 4G in 2010, 5G standards will deliver not just faster phone and computer data but also help connect up cars, machines, cargo and crop equipment.

Chinese telecom firm Huawei Technologies is one firm vying for global deals to operate 5G networks. But the United States has asked countries to reject Huawei technology in the development of new mobile phone networks, arguing that it could be vulnerable to Chinese eavesdropping. Huawei denies its equipment is a security risk.

Singapore has not ruled out allowing telecoms companies to use Huawei technology in their new 5G systems.

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Updated Date: Jun 27, 2019 17:15:24 IST