Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) have jointly opened Singapore’s first live 5G facility at SP’s Dover Road campus.
The 5G Garage as its been named, was conceptualised by Singtel and Ericsson to serve as a "training centre, test bed and ideation lab" in an effort to develop the country’s 5G ecosystem and further drive adoption within enterprise.
The new facility will be connected to Singtel’s latest pilot 5G network located at Ayer Rajah and runs on 3.5GHz trial spectrum granted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).
“Singtel is pleased to partner Ericsson and SP on our 5G Garage initiative,” said Mark Chong, group chief technology officer, Singtel.
“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."
The initiative has been described as a "first-of-its-kind 5G collaboration" between enterprise, industry and an institute of higher learning in Singapore.
Specifically, the facility will cater to four objectives; build and operate a 5G facility where enterprises can develop and test 5G solutions, alongside co-developing 5G solutions relevant to industries such as transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing.
Furthermore, key objectives include developing and delivering 5G wireless technology curriculum for the SP’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in addition to developing 5G capabilities of Singapore’s workforce.
5G is slated to be the fastest generation of cellular technology to be rolled out on a global scale, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, and will be an integral part of future digital transformation efforts with use cases seen across transformation, healthcare, manufacturing, smart cities, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.
“5G has the potential to transform industries and bring enhanced mobile broadband experience for consumers,” said Martin Wiktorin, country manager Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson.
“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 SP students to come up with new 5G use cases."
As part of the collaboration, around 250 final-year students from the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Computer Engineering will learn about 5G wireless technology and how to harness and apply it as part of their coursework.
There will also be technology transfer from Singtel and Ericsson 5G experts to SP staff and students, through train-the-trainers, technical content sharing and advice on industry applications.
Additionally, SP students in the Singtel Engineering Cadet Scholarship Programme will also have the opportunity to take up internships in the 5G Garage and develop solutions for real-life challenges.
“This collaboration reflects our strong industry partnership, which is key to keeping our student learning relevant and updated,” said Soh Wai Wah, Principal and CEO, Singapore Polytechnic.
“This latest collaboration will equip our students with skills in the latest technologies and nurture them to innovate and create solutions for the world."
Furthermore, local SME partners, Cloudzen and H3Dynamics, showcased their innovations enhanced with 5G connectivity.
Cloudzen demonstrated how their Cloud-based Entertainment Platform can deliver a "seamless gaming experience" while H3Dynamics performed real-time video analytics on a drone flight in a building façade and security surveillance use case.
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.
Last November, Singtel and Ericsson made Singapore’s first 5G data call over their 5G pilot network at one-north.