SINGAPORE (May 22): For one of the most digitised countries in the world, the wait is soon over. Singapore is now on track to roll out the 5G network as soon as this coming January with country-wide coverage by 2025.

Two weeks ago, Singtel and StarHub-M1 joint venture won rights to build nationwide 5G networks. This announcement comes at a time when the virus outbreak has completely overhauled the way we work, play, and learn — and with it the realisation of how reliant we are on the internet connection for all of these. So the news of the fifth generation of high-speed data and more bandwidth to carry growing levels of web traffic — could not come at a better time.

We are now at a clear tipping point after which 5G-related innovations and test cases will be accelerated. This in turn will drive increased adoption of the technology among consumers and businesses alike, not just in the telecom industry but in the overall economic growth of Singapore including the region.

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