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Singapore opens smart cities development lab

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A new lab has opened in Singapore with the aim to drive the development and deployment of smart cities applications in island-state. Backed by an investment of up to S$10 million ($7.36 million) over three years, the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab already has garnered the support of 30 global industry players including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Schneider Electric. The research and development facility would help bring together players across the ecosystem, such as local tech startups, systems integrators, and international enterprises to "co-create solutions for smart cities, from ideation to testing to commercialisation". Launched Wednesday, the smart urban development lab is led by real estate group CapitaLand and supported by government agencies Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore. Industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority has set aside S$40 million (US$29.53 million) to support research and development efforts and drive adoption of 5G, which include initiatives focused on key verticals such as urban mobility and maritime.


M1 to tap Nokia in 5G standalone network deployment

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M1 will roll Nokia's Core platform as it prepares to launch its 5G standalone network later this year. The move is touted to provide machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that will enable the Singapore telco to tailor its 5G services for industrial use cases. This could include applications such as unmanned aerial or road vehicles, wireless e-health, digital banking, and smart manufacturing, said Nokia in a statement Wednesday. The Finnish network equipment vendor added that its "cloud-native" Core software would deliver the scalability and flexibility M1 needed to deliver 5G network services, such as online games and immersive experience applications. Third-party application developers also would be able to connect to M1's 5G standalone network to improve 5G roaming services.


StarHub to turn on 5G experience for some customers

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StarHub customers will be able to experience 5G-powered services from August 18, when the Singapore telco turns on the next-generation mobile network across some areas of the island. Available as an early trial access, the service will be offered free and turned on automatically for customers. Customers on StarHub's Mobile and Biz service plans, and who have a compatible device, would be able to experience "some early 5G benefits", the telco said in a statement Monday. Its 5G signals currently cover 53% of Singapore's populated areas and will reach 70% coverage next month, including residential estates such as Ang Mo Kio and Tampines as well as the Central Business District and local shopping strip, Orchard. Full commercial launch of 5G standalone services were slated for next year, according to StarHub. The early trial access would run until February 16 next year.


Singtel offers 5G edge computing on Microsoft Azure

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Singtel is offering its 5G edge computing infrastructure on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, with trials slated to kick off this year. This will enable enterprises to run applications such as autonomous guided vehicles, drones, robots, and virtual/augmented reality, in closer proximity to users, the Singapore telco says. The partnership would allow Azure customers to tap Singtel's Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) services, coupled with the telco's 5G network, with latency of "less than 10 milliseconds", said Singtel in a statement Tuesday. Industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority has set aside S$40 million (US$29.53 million) to support research and development efforts and drive adoption of 5G, which include initiatives focused on key verticals such as urban mobility and maritime. It said enterprises running Azure Stack also could add new capabilities to their existing applications, such as private connectivity and real-time data analysis.


Singtel appoints consumer head as new group CEO

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Singtel's consumer business chief will assume the role of group CEO next year, as the Singapore telco's current head is set to retire. The announcement is the latest to reveal a change at the top seat amongst telcos in the country over the past couple of years. A 27-year veteran at the company, Yuen Kuan Moon joined the telco in 1993 and currently is CEO of Singtel's Singapore consumer business as well as chief digital officer. He has held several leadership positions including in marketing, business development, and at Telkomsel in Indonesia. CEO of Singtel's consumer business since 2012, Yuen would take over as group CEO from January 2021, when current chief Chua Sock Koong was scheduled to retire.