In May 2019, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) issued a second public consultation (the Second Consultation) to consult on the regulatory framework and policies for 5G rollout in Singapore. IMDA intends to allocate the 3.5 GHz, 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands to 5G in an initial wave of spectrum allocation by 2021, and then open up other spectrum bands progressively until around 2025. The 3.5 GHz band will be used for nationwide service, with the 26 GHz and 28 GHz (mmWave) bands used for localised 5G coverage.
In June 2019, IMDA and the National Research Foundation announced that they had set aside S$40 million to build an open and inclusive 5G innovation ecosystem. This ecosystem is designed to support: (i) 5G technology trials for enterprise use-cases; (ii) creating a series of new open testbeds; and (iii) R&D in 5G, for example in matters of cybersecurity. IMDA will use this fund to explore strategic areas that IMDA has identified as being able to have the greatest benefit from 5G technologies, including maritime operations, Industry 4.0, smart estates, consumer applications and government applications.
IMDA and port operating company PSA International awarded Singtel and M1 the ability to explore the usage of 5G technology for the maritime industry, with trials being conducted at the PSA Living Lab in Pasir Panjang Terminal from the 3rd quarter of 2019.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), JTC Corporation and Singtel signed a memorandum of understanding for Singtel to deploy 5G at A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre for the integration of 5G into Internet-of-Things and Artificial Intelligence.
CapitaLand and NavInfo DataTech partnered with TPG Telecom to set up Singapore’s largest 5G smart estate trial at CapitaLand’s Singapore Science Park to develop and testbed 5G enabled Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technologies.
IMDA, Razer and Singtel are testing 5G for use in cloud gaming in urban environments, utilising the high bandwidth and low latency features of 5G which are well suited to the requirements of cloud gaming.
IMDA and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Intent to accelerate the development of Singapore’s 5G ecosystem, making available a 5G development environment for participating government agencies, enterprises and technology companies, which includes usage of 5G technology to develop a series of open testbeds for both governmental and industrial use, which is aiming for launch in the first half of 2020.