A 5G Future:Powering a world of new possibilities

5G is slated to be a game changer, promising to enable smart cities and ultimately, transform and improve life as we know it. In a post-COVID world of accelerated digitalisation, 5G with its ultra-fast speeds, reliability and low latency will connect almost everyone and everything, driving innovation at an unprecedented scale to unlock immense value for consumers and enterprises alike. This new 5G-enabled era will see advanced technologies and applications such as self-driving vehicles, immersive learning and robotic surgery become a reality.

At Singtel, we are gearing up for this 5G-powered world by building a 5G ecosystem with the requisite infrastructure and innovative capabilities, empowering enterprises to operate more creatively and efficiently and delivering exciting new experiences for consumers.


GSMA highlights that 5G will be commercially available from 180 operators in 62 markets by end-2020. The Singtel Group embarked on our 5G rollout last year, starting with Optus in Australia. We plan to leverage the experience and scale of our Group to grow our 5G ecosystem and to lead and shape 5G.
JAN 2019
Optus launched Australia’s first 5G fixed wireless access network.
JUN 2019
Globe was the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to commercially launch 5G for homes.
NOV 2019
Optus rolled out 5G in the home and on the mobile.
Telkomsel expanded trials for 5G use cases in Indonesia.
MAR 2020
AIS became Thailand’s first operator to launch 5G mobile services.
APR 2020
Singtel awarded provisional 5G licence in Singapore.
JUN 2020
Singtel awarded 5G licence; to roll out standalone network providing coverage to half of Singapore by end-2022 and nationwide by 2025.
(Second from left) Ernest Cu, Globe’s President and CEO with senior Globe executives at the launch of Globe’s Home Air Fibre 5G
Singtel’s management with former IMDA Chief Executive Tan Kiat How at Singtel’s Bringing 5G to Life showcase.
Faster turnaround of container ships at ports with efficient autonomous cranes and container trailers.
Hyper-realistic, seamless mobile cloud gaming experience using augmented or virtual reality headsets.
Better road safety with autonomous vehicles outfitted with safety sensors and the ability to communicate with other vehicles or devices.
Higher efficiency and fewer defects in smart factories using machine-learning robots and video cameras with edge computing capabilities.
Surgeries performed remotely using surgical robotic arms and 3D virtual reality headsets to visualise patient anatomy.
Smart building facilities that power down when not in use for higher energy efficiency and smart meters that monitor real-time power consumption.

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