Singapore selects Nokia & Ericson for 5G

In a significant development, Singapore’s biggest wireless network operators have selected Nokia and Ericsson to build their core 5G networks.

The development comes midst a growing awareness by countries on threats posed by China’s Huawei and comes in the wake of trade tension between Singapore’s biggest trading partners, the United States and China.

Singapore had allowed its telecom companies to choose their network vendors provided they meet certain requirements, which included security.

A joint venture between M1 and StarHub awarded one of the city-state’s 5G licenses said it had selected Nokia to build its radio access network and that the Finnish company was its preferred supplier for the core and mmWave networks. The joint venture also said, it was also exploring other network parts with Huawei and China’s ZTE.

In a separate statement, 5G licensee Singapore Telecommunications said it had selected Sweden’s Ericsson to negotiate the provision of ran, core and mmWave networks.

Singapore “did not exclude any vendor” and had spelled out its expectations for 5G networks, with an emphasis on security, resilience and performance, said S. Iswaran, Singapore’s minister for communications and information.

The country’s telecoms regulator said, it approved the final 5G licenses once they completed required processes, including the selection of preferred frequency spectrum lots and vendor partners.

Australia’s TPG Telecom, which is able to build a localized 5G network in Singapore, will use Huawei, said Iswaran.

Huawei did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Singapore is on track to deploy 5G by 2025.

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