Singapore On Track For 2025 5G Network Islandwide
Singapore could see a 5G network islandwide as early as 2025, once this massive upgrade succeeds via our main telcos efforts.
Here’s what this could mean for current 4G users across the island.
Data speed up to 100 times faster islandwide
Though the actual data speed enjoyed by customers probably won’t reach these exact speeds — we can expect these benefits:
- Shorter lag times & crashes
- Faster downloads & uploads
- Little to no buffering on 4K videos
- Bandwidth for smart home devices
- Phones are viable Wi-Fi hotspots
Phasing out of 3G networks
With the new 5G network in play, older 3G networks are also expected to be phased out gradually.
But with every graceful exit, comes an opportunity for a new & exciting entry.
5G islandwide by 2025
High capacity 5G network coverage will be provided by our 3 main telcos — Singtel & a collaboration between M1 & Starhub called JVCo.
The teams will begin working at establishing 5G services by focusing on:
- Network rollout
- Performance & coverage
- Cybersecurity & resilience
- Vendor diversity
TPG Telecom will also be allocated the remaining “frequency spectrum” to rollout localised 5G networks.
Other mobile virtual network operators – possibly CirclesLife, MyRepublic & Zero1 – will be offered “wholesale arrangements” with main telcos to share 5G services with their users.
One step into the future
Though we are in the early stages of committing to upgrading our nation’s 5G network, we’re excited to see what the future has in store.
Especially since faster mobile data speeds don’t just mean we can stream all 70 episodes of Yanxi Palace in 4K on our MRT rides to work, but also an infrastructure upgrade that could drive Singapore’s driverless car push or smart home initiatives.
The advent of 5G will be an exciting one indeed — and the countdown begins now.