SINGAPORE (July 23): Singtel and Ericsson will launch Singapore’s first 5G pilot network at one-north by the fourth quarter of this year.

With speeds that are 10 times faster average speeds than prevailing 4G rates, 5G will enable the transmission of terabytes of data in minutes and 4K video downloads in seconds.

Using Ericsson’s 3GPP standards-compliant 5G technology with the trial spectrum allocated by Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), the pilot network can deliver 5G coverage with enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) speed and low latency communications.

Industries such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing can leverage 5G to accelerate digital transformation and deploy advanced automation technologies.

Later this year, Singtel and Ericsson are planning drone and autonomous vehicle trials on their 5G pilot network at one-north and other designated areas. Enterprises can use the network to develop new 5G use cases and tap the business potential of 5G.

Singtel announced the launch of its 5G pilot network at the “Bringing 5G to Life” event held at Singtel Comcentre on Monday, where Singtel and Ericsson demonstrated cutting-edge 3D augmented reality (AR) streaming over a 5G network operating in the 28GHz millimetre wave spectrum.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration enabled participants to view and interact with lifelike virtual objects such as a photorealistic human anatomy and a 360-degree image of the world.

The immersive experience was then streamed in real-time to a remote audience via 5G, illustrating the possibilities of using 3D AR technology for large scale remote learning in various industries such as medical and education.

The event also showcased emerging technologies from partners – Garuda Robotics, Intel, Meta, Rohde & Schwarz and Sony. The companies demonstrated how enterprises and consumers can use technologies such as AR, mixed reality, connected drones, real time HD 3D mapping as well as cloud-based gaming and robotics.