5G Network in Singapore
It is true that, according to the plan which is currently in place, the entirety of Singapore will have 5G coverage by the year 2025. However, this does not mean that the Lion City will be devoid of 5th generation mobile networking until then. Indeed as it stands now, 5G will officially become available in the city-state as early as January 2021. Moreover, in terms of the aforementioned 2025 timeframe, that appears to be more in regards to reaching some of the more-remote parts of the island. For it also seems as if when 5G is launched in early 2021, around two-thirds of the country will already be covered.
Singapore’s dominant telecoms have already chosen the vendors, both based in Europe, who will be providing most of the hardware for their 5G networks. As for Singapore Telecommunications they have employed Ericsson, which is based in Sweden, in that regard. And the partnership of StarHub and M1 (dubbed StarHub-M1), which respectively are the second and third largest mobile network operators in the Lion City, will be utilizing the services of Finland-based Nokia. And it has been noted that Huawei in particular, which is located in nearby China, has been left out of this equation for the most part.
Additionally being that this is indeed a new technology which is being rolled out, as of late 2020, Singapore will begin reskilling 1,000 professionals to handle the task. About a third of the roles they will fill are actually new positions created by this technologically transformation. And as time progresses, the Singaporean government intends to develop 5,000 professionals over a 3-year period into a “strong, 5G skilled workforce”.
Moreover with this being a new initiative, trials have to be run before a final product is put on the market. Accordingly StarHub began testing 5G in Singapore during August of 2020. And even during said trial, the network they already have in place is pretty comprehensive, being accessible by 53% of Singapore’s population, to be expanded to 70% in about a month and-a-half’s time. And StarHub’s customers inside these zones who already possess 5G-capable devices will be able to use the network for free, at least during the trial, with StarHub being slated to introduce a commercialized version of the service circa February 2021.
Despite the fact that Singapore already boasts of some of the fastest internet speeds in that part of the world, overall the introduction of 5G is considered to be a very-important endeavor by the government itself. In fact according to Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, the primary purpose of this exercise is for the country’s new “5G infrastructure” to serve as “the backbone of Singapore’s digital economy”. In other words, Singaporean society is set to become a lot more-computerized than it already is. In fact in addition to being an all-encompassing network scheme, 5G is noted for being 20-1000 times faster in terms of internet speed than its predecessor, 4G. And this is the type of speedy output idealized as Singapore for instance begins to rely on realtime facial verification as part of its national ID scheme.