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Singtel, Ericsson to test 5G mid-2016

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:5G? IoT? NB-IoT?

Singapore telco Singtel revealed last Monday that a trial run for Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is being carried out in the second half of 2016, as a part of its deal with Swedish communication technology company Ericsson. Their partnership, which was sealed early 2015 was made in line with the Singtel's vision to support the rapid growth of connected devices using Singtel's current 4G LTE network. Singtel is targeting 5G availability by 2020.

Wider coverage and user-friendly devices especially built for IoT is the standard for the NB-IoT technology. Singtel's Group Chief Technology Officer Tay Soo Meng said "IoT connectivity is an important part of Singapore's enterprises and supports the Singapore Government's Smart Nation initiative."

Singtel expects a growing demand for cost-efficient connectivity for sensors and devices and will focus on power-saving capabilities, looking at 10 years of battery life for its devices.

"With the early introduction of low-powered IoT devices, this brings us a step closer to 5G goals, where new device and sensor technologies can leverage network connectivity to power a variety of use cases, such as lighting and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity," he added.

Ericsson highlights that long-term battery life with minimal power requirements and maintenance are prerequisites for devices in the emerging IoT market.

"We are pleased to work with Singtel to enhance their network to support the adoption of IoT," said Sam Saba, Region Head of Ericsson South East Asia & Oceania.

"Together we will continue to explore future IoT technologies such as Cat-M and NB-IoT which promises to reduce device costs and improve coverage and battery life even further. Examples of applications that can leverage on these technologies are temperature, air quality and flood water sensors."

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