Ericsson and Singtel have partnered on the deployment of 5G services in Singapore, by having the partnership benefit from Ericsson’s networking expertise and Singtel’s 5G network, test facilities and capabilities.
The partnership also involves collaboration with global industry partners across various industries such as oil and gas, maritime, pharmaceutical, aerospace, financial services, retail and construction.
Thee global partners are ABB, Axis Communications, Bosch, Bosch Rexroth, DHL Supply Chain, Hexagon, PTC and Rohde & Schwarz as well as Cradlepoint (part of Ericsson and provider of enterprise 5G wireless edge solutions).
Ericsson said in a statement, “Singtel recently announced a ramp up of its 5G roll out across Singapore and to accelerate the adoption of 5G by enterprises.”
Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel, said, “We are always looking for ways to stimulate conversations and drive even more innovation to encourage more 5G adoption by enterprises.”
He added: ”Our partnership with Ericsson has been key to our 5G roll out and offers us a unique opportunity to come together to build an open platform for enterprises to ideate, co-create, test and eventually go-to-market.”
We have seen some encouraging outcomes from our early trials, Chang noted, and the key to that success is our common goal of transforming the future of business operations by harnessing the power of 5G.
“These trials are the springboard to more innovation and we welcome more enterprises to come on board with their ideas.”
A total of three trials are ongoing, with ABB, Hexagon and Axis Communications among the first companies to have started their trials, which span across advanced manufacturing, logistics, smart city development, analytics and industrial automation.
ABB has successfully tested the potential of 5G in the industrial manufacturing space, supporting the low latency operation of an ABB collaborative robot. The test was conducted in ABB’s workshop, where ABB’s single-arm YuMi® cobot was connected to Singtel’s 5G GENIE to access an on-site Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) platform.
The partnership builds on the joint 5G initiatives rolled out by both companies in the past year. These include achieving Singapore’s fastest 5G speeds of 3.2 Gbps at Singtel’s unmanned pop-up retail store UNBOXED, using Ericsson’s high bandwidth, low latency 28 GHz mmWave technology as well as Singtel’s GENIE, the world’s first portable 5G-in-a-box platform powered by Ericsson to enable enterprises to experience 5G’s capabilities and trial use cases in their own premises.