Singapore’s first live 5G facility - a collaboration between Ericsson, Singtel and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) - has opened. Aimed at developing the 5G ecosystem in the country and driving 5G solutions for enterprises, the 5G Garage utilizes Singtel’s 3.5 GHz trial 5G network at Ayer Rajah.
The 5G Garage is the first partnership of its kind between enterprise, industry and higher education in Singapore.
At Singapore Polytechnic’s Engineering Show 2019, the three parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to:
- Build and operate a 5G facility where enterprises can develop and test 5G solutions
- Co-develop 5G solutions relevant to industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing
- Develop and deliver 5G wireless technology curriculum for the SP’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Develop 5G capabilities of our workforce
5G Garage is the latest project in Singtel and Ericsson’s 5G Centre of Excellence programme which focuses on upgrading of employees’ skills, technology demonstrations, live field trials and collaborations with educational institutions.
Singtel and Ericsson made Singapore’s first 5G data call in November 2018 over their 5G pilot network at one-north.
Martin Wiktorin, Country Manager Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson, says: “5G has the potential to transform industries and bring enhanced mobile broadband experience for consumers. At Ericsson, we are already collaborating globally with 42 operators, 45 institutes and 31 industry partners, to create a thriving 5G ecosystem. We are delighted to partner Singtel and Singapore Polytechnic towards the setting up of the 5G Garage, which we hope will stimulate Singapore Polytechnic students to come up with new 5G use cases.”
Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says: “Singtel is pleased to partner Ericsson and SP on our 5G Garage initiative. As Singapore advances its digital economy and becomes a Smart Nation, the benefits of 5G will first be seen in enterprises, especially in their digital transformation when they integrate technology into their processes, services and products. With 5G standards largely established, now is an opportune time for SMEs and enterprises to join us in shaping our 5G future.”
Soh Wai Wah, Singapore Polytechnic’s Principal and CEO, says: “This collaboration reflects our strong industry partnership, which is key to keeping our student learning relevant and updated. This latest collaboration will equip our students with skills in the latest technologies and nurture them to innovate and create solutions for the world.”