Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic charge ahead to open Singapore’s first live 5G test facility

Singapore’s first live 5G test facility is now open at Singapore Polytechinc to foster 5G ecosystem development

From left to right: Mr Martin Wiktorin, President and Country Manager for Singapore, Brunei & Philippines, Ericsson, Mr Soh Wai Wah, Principal and CEO, Singapore Polytechnic, and Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel.

After launching Singapore’s first 5G pilot community at one-north in late 2018, Singtel and Ericcson as soon as once more joined forces; this time to step up the event of 5G ecosystem for enterprise use instances. To facilitate this, they’ve partnered with Singapore Polytechnic to launch Singapore’s first live 5G test facility.

What is that this 5G test facility about?

The facility, named 5G Garage, is linked to Singtel’s newest pilot 5G community positioned at Ayer Rajah and runs on 3.5GHz trial spectrum granted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).

A simplified diagram of Singtel's 5G pilot network and how the Ayer Rajah network interfaces with the core network. Note the use of Non-Standalone (NSA) network implementation, which is how most other 5G networks will first kick off.

The first-of-its-kind 5G collaboration between enterprise, business and an institute of upper studying in Singapore, 5G Garage was formally launched at SP’s Engineering Show 2019. The three events signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) encompassing the next strategic targets:  

  • Build and function a 5G facility the place SMEs can develop and test 5G options to additional drive digital transformation.
  • Co-develop and trial new 5G use instances for industries equivalent to transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing.
  • Develop and ship 5G wi-fi know-how curriculum for SP’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • Develop 5G capabilities of our workforce via high quality coaching programmes.

Chief Executive, IMDA, Mr Tan Kiat How and Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic management at the opening of 5G Garage, Singapore’s first live 5G facility.

How is Singtel provisioning 5G protection on Singapore Polytechnic’s campus?

A useful spokesperson from Singtel defined the 5G deployment and protection specifics that is in place at Singapore Polytechnic, so here is a video clip of the whole lot you want to know:-


Where is the second 5G base station that is serving to with the on-campus 5G community trial?

The antennas are put in atop the Singtel Tetris constructing or additionally in any other case often called the Singtel Ayer Rajah Telecom Exchange that is behind Singapore Polytechinc.

There's a good line-of-sight from the 5G transmitters atop the Singtel Tetris building and the receiver in the foreground within the 5G Garage.

So it is not utilizing millimetre wave spectrum frequency?

5G will finally faucet into a lot wider community frequency spectrum throughout licensed, shared and unlicensed bands equivalent to sub 1GHz (low bands), 1GHz to 6GHz (mid bands) and mmWave (excessive bands). At this juncture in its first wave of rollouts (and in lots of different 5G deployments worldwide), mid frequency bands might be used as accredited by IMDA for the present 5G trial on the three.5GHz spectrum.

How is the 5G momentum typically?

The 5G momentum is choosing up with a number of ecosystem companions now on the 5G bandwagon and as witnessed from our Qualcomm Tech Summit 2018 reporting, many telcos worldwide are gearing up to deploy 5G NR networks in varied varieties from conducting giant scale exams, to industrial providers deployment.

In Singapore, 5G cellular knowledge networks are on observe for deployment by 2020 as shared by IMDA. And whereas there are a number of technical facets that want to be examined and aligned throughout the cellular ecosystem earlier than a 5G community could be formally deployed, there may be nonetheless the query of latest utilization eventualities that may drive 5G adoption. Don’t get us fallacious. 5G has a number of upsides throughout quite a few industries, however most of the showcased visions could be achieved utilizing immediately’s applied sciences throughout cautious use of the suitable spectrums and gear in 4G and superior Wi-Fi requirements. Autonomous drive programs, robotics and live feeds for mission important wants are the identical key areas which are being talked up for 5G however are presently serviceable on present wi-fi requirements. However, the distinction is that there aren’t many of those trendy utilization fashions which were deployed; they exist however are in restricted use and within the case of autonomous drive programs, nonetheless experimental. When these utilization eventualities are broadly deployed and used, that’s the place 5G will actually shine in dealing with many concurrent transmissions concurrently whereas having the ability to join to a large array of sensors and gadgets at far decrease latencies than now.

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At the Singapore Polytechnic's 5G Garage, we were shown how response times differ from current 4G deployment vs. 5G NR use over the same test. Jitter isn't good for time critical applications such as wireless sensory based actions used in robotics and autonomous drive system's collision detection, among others.

How can SMEs trial 5G within the 5G Garage and assist evolve new utilization eventualities?

Singtel is the important thing stakeholder for this initiative and all associated queries ought to be funneled to Singtel for additional follow-ups.

How else is the brand new collaboration serving to college students and Singapore Polytechnic?

As a part of the Singtel-Ericsson-SP collaboration, round 250 final-year college students from the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Computer Engineering will study 5G wi-fi know-how and how to harness and apply it as a part of their coursework. There will even be know-how switch from Singtel and Ericsson 5G consultants to SP employees and college students, via train-the-trainers, technical content material sharing and recommendation on business purposes. Additionally, SP college students within the Singtel Engineering Cadet Scholarship Programme will even have the chance to take up internships within the 5G Garage and develop options for real-life challenges.

A pattern of scholar initiatives

For instance, the scholars showcased a handful of initiatives that would someday benefit from 5G such because the driverless electrical automotive geared up with sensors to really feel the environment, use machine studying for picture/object classification and map out eventualities for supreme path planning:-

5G may even enrich the info obtained equivalent to utilizing live video feeds for cloud AI evaluation to enhance collision avoidance and having optimum pace management.

Yet in one other instance, a distinct group of scholars launched into a campus safety venture known as SP Secure which is predicated upon utilizing clever autonomous drones across the campus that may react shortly to safety threats by analyzing live video streams throughout camps safety community, drone live streams and extra. In such time-critical eventualities, 5G is the suitable connectivity glue to make all of it a actuality. Here’s a video enactment that captures their intention completely:-

Some of the drones deployed on this venture had been primarily based on the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 growth equipment for edge computing. The fascinating tidbit is that if they may shrink all of the compute wants to be not more than a small dongle-like module and depend on 5G for cloud or centralized computing on campus, the scholars might shave off 300 grams in weight of the drones and in return, get an hour and a half extra flight time! We consider that could be doable actual quickly judging by the development within the tech business.


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