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Huawei is removed from the 5G "playground" in Singapore

Huawei is removed from the 5G "playground" in Singapore

Singapore Telecom chose Ericsson while a group including StarHub chose Nokia after the country issued a final approval for 5G network nationwide on June 24, leaving Huawei Technologies with small contracts more important.

Communications and Information Minister S. Iswaran said on June 25 that the government has never ruled out any companies becoming suppliers for the launch of high-speed 5G technology nationwide and they are comedic content with the results of the selection of telecommunications operators.
S. Iswaran said:
“We never explicitly exclude any supplier. You have the diversity of vendors involved in various aspects of the 5G system and that fact is a positive outcome from our point of view.”
Infocomm Media Development Agency said on June 24, the final prize was given to Singtel and a group formed by StarHub and M1 after they completed legal processes, including the selection of lots preferred frequency spectrum and provider. TPG Telecom is allocating the remaining frequency spectrum in millimeter wave to deploy local 5G network.

Singtel and the StarHub-M1 group plan to introduce independent 5G networks starting from 1/2021. The country aims to cover at least half of the country with 5G by the end of 2022 and the entire island by 2025, like countries in the region such as China and South Korea, which have begun to provide commercial 5G service.

Implementation is coming at a time when covid-19 containment measures have forced people around the world to stay and work from home, test digital services and connect like never before. This technology is important for applications ranging from autonomous driving to remote surgery.

In a separate statement, Singtel said it chose Ericsson, to start a negotiation phase to provide 5G SA Core, RAN and mmWave networks, in order to finalize the terms of the contract as soon as possible. 

StarHub, the company that received the spectrum rights with M1, said its preferred 5G technology partner is Nokia for 5G radio access networks. Nokia is also a preferred technology supplier for StarHub's 5mm and mmWave networks. The Singapore Company is exploring other network elements with Nokia, Huawei and ZTE.

TPG Telecom said it is an active member of the Telecom Infra project and will promote the OpenRAN supplier community to expand with Huawei's advanced networking equipment to deploy 5G services.

Huawei has been a point of contention in the tension between the US and China but still has a foothold in the Singapore market through TPG Telecom, a supplier of local networks.

The decision on suppliers was made amid the worsening tension between the US and China. The U.S. government has banned Huawei from its telecommunications equipment market, as part of efforts to limit Huawei's presence in 5G networks around the globe.

Singapore has close economic and political ties with the United States and China, and last year showed it would leave telecom companies to decide on their own suppliers. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earlier this year did not ban Huawei, but would evaluate it based on operational requirements.

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