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Up to four 5G networks being planned to secure Singapore’s digital future

Singapore has set its sights on up to four 5G networks, instead of the two initially planned for, as the authorities take bolder steps to spearhead developments believed to be crucial to the nation’s economic growth.

All four networks can be rolled out by next year, although nationwide coverage will take much longer and be limited to only two networks due to the scarcity of 5G airwaves for islandwide reach.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) more aggressive push to have two extra smaller 5G networks will take into account immediate industrial needs, for example, in smart ports and smart factories to remotely operate cranes or vehicles to move shipping containers or goods round-the-clock.

The IMDA’s decision comes after a two-month-long public consultation completed in July this year that heard calls for the involvement of all four telcos here – Singtel, StarHub, M1 and TPG Telecom – to spur innovation.

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