Commuters with Singtel contracts will access 5G networks and 5G-enabled experiences both on and off the trains.
A 5G network, developed by Singtel and running entirely underground along the North East Mass Rapid Transit line, is the world’s first in the region (NEL). The event is another step forward in the telecommunications giant’s efforts to expand 5G coverage and experiences throughout the city-state of Singapore.
Commuters on Singtel plans will have 5G connectivity and 5G-enabled experiences both on and off the trains, including web-enabled calls, accessing the internet, streaming videos, and gaming, among other things. “Make a date with 5G” will be the name of an awareness campaign that will run along the NEL to inform passengers about the availability of 5G underground.
From February 2021, when Singtel launched the country’s first 5G indoor coverage, the company made headlines in the 5G deployment space. At the moment, Singtel provides indoor service in 300 places across the island, including all malls along the Northern Expressway.
Singtel will also roll out 5G SA-compatible SIM cards in May 2021, following the deployment of hundreds of 5G standalone (SA) sites across Singapore, including Orchard Road and the Central Business District, Harbourfront, and Sentosa, among others.
Recent announcements from Singtel include the launch of Paragon, an industry-first platform that supports 5G network rollout, edge computing, and cloud services.
Using Paragon, enterprise customers will be able to take advantage of Singtel’s 5G system and operate network segments on demand. They will also be able to use mission-critical apps on Singtel MEC (multi-access edge compute) and obtain a “robust ecosystem” of associate apps, contributing to the company’s overall strategic goals.