Singapore launched a $ 40 million initiative Thursday to test applications for 5G, the next generation of mobile communications, ahead of a scheduled rollout next year.
The project, revealed by the Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran, will test the network in areas such as port management, manufacturing and consumer applications, as the city state seems to be “a global smuggler in 5G use cases.”
Singapore will elect a telecommunications company to be the first network of 5G mass media networks by the end of the first quarter of next year, the first step in a wider reach, Iswaran told reporters after the announcement.
Unlike the 2G mobile standard upgrades in the early 1990s, 3G around the millennium and 4G in 2010, the 5G standards will provide not only faster phone and PC data but also help connect car, machine, cargo and agricultural equipment.
The Chinese telecom firm Huawei Technologies is a firm that competes for global deals to operate 5G networks. But the United States has urged countries to reject Huawei’s technology in developing new mobile phone networks, arguing it may be sensitive to Chinese interception. Huawei denies that its equipment is a security risk.
Singapore has not ruled out allowing telecom companies to use Huawei technology in their new 5G systems./Investing.com