Prominent Singaporean telcos SingTel and StarHub are gearing up for commercial launch of 5G standalone networks in Singapore. All telcos in Singapore are currently operating non-standalone version of 5G network. The consumers will be able to access its services only after updating their compatible handset with software patches.
A select number of Singtel users will be offered test units of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for the network trial. The handsets would contain beta release of Samsung’s 5G standalone software. The users will also get a setup kit along with a 5G SA SIM card. As per Singtel, the 5G SA network will provide 30% faster upload speed when compared to 4G. Also, 5G SA networks have been deployed across hundreds of locations across the city. These include sites such as Marina Bay, VivoCity, Chinatown, Punggol, Sentosa and Financial Center.
Singapore had last year issued two licenses to Singtel and jointly to StarHub and M1. The telcos were offered two chunks of 800 MHz spectrum and the same was used to offer 5G services on existing 4G networks. All telcos expect to have nationwide 5G SA services up and running by 2025.