15/05/2021

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First portable 5G technology kit launched by Singtel

Singapore enterprises can now experience 5G technology capabilities and test their 5G applications in their premises employing a portable technology kit developed by Singtel, the city-state’s largest telco.

Touted because the first of its kind within the world, Genie, because the technology kit is named, will create an independent 5G network at any location where it’s deployed.

Singtel said it’s suitable for enterprises that want to conduct 5G trials but don’t yet have a 5G network, also as for conducting events like hackathons that need a short-lived 5G network.

Genie comes during a suitcase-sized container comprising a 5G network control kit and a standing mount with a 5G radio antenna. The equipment is often installed in under an hour and only requires a typical output for power, also as access to a window to work out its location via GPS.

Elaborating on the uses of Genie, Dennis Wong, vice-president of 5G enterprise and cloud at Singtel’s enterprise group said although many enterprises are conscious of 5G, they’ll not fully understand how they will enjoy this technology.

By bringing 5G into their premises, Wong said Genie will help enterprises to validate their solutions with their partners or verify the performance of their 5G applications with no installation cost.

“The platform is especially useful for giant enterprises which require to check 5G before they plan to invest in their own dedicated network,” he said. “Seeing what 5G can neutralize their own premises will help more enterprises adopt 5G and speed up their digital transformation.”

Akin to a personal 5G network, Genie, designed to figure with Singtel’s 5G multi-access edge compute (MEC) infrastructure, will enable enterprises to host, deploy and hook up with their 5G applications without counting on an external network just like the internet.

Singtel said this may prevent leakage of sensitive information, enhance data security and maintain data integrity. For 5G technology application developers and device manufacturers, Genie also can be wont to validate their prototypes in their customers’ premises.

Singtel has been paving the way for enterprises to adopt 5G technology in recent months through MEC-related partnerships with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services to support the utilization of public cloud services at edge locations.

In October 2020, Singtel deployed Singapore’s first 5G standalone trial network to supply enterprises with early access to the technology and to develop and test 5G applications at no charge.

The network uses the three .5GHz spectra and Ericsson’s massive multiple-input multiple-output technology to deliver ultra-fast speeds and low-latency or response times.

Located at Singtel’s 5G Garage testing facility, the trail network is already getting used for a 5G cloud gaming trial, which delivered 85% lower latency of between eight to 11 milliseconds compared to cloud gaming on 4G networks.