Singapore to invest $30 million into 5G tests ahead of the 2020 roll-out

FILE PHOTO, the logo of the upcoming mobile standard, 5G will be shown at the Hannover fair in Hannover, Germany on March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will on Thursday launched a S$40 million ($29.5 million) initiative to the testing of 5G networks for the next-generation of mobile communications, ahead of a planned roll-out next year.

The project, which was unveiled by the minister for communications and information, S Iswaran, will be the testing of the network in areas such as port management, manufacturing, and consumer applications as well as the city-state, seems to have been that of “a world front-runner in a high-impact 5G use-cases.

Singapore will have to choose a telecommunication company and to be the first mass-market and 5G networks at the end of the first quarter of next year, is the first step in a wider roll-out, Iswaran told reporters after the announcement.

In contrast to the versions of the mobile standards-2G, at the beginning of the 1990s, 3G in place around the millennium, and 4G in 2010, and 5 g of the standards will not only be faster, a direct dial telephone and computer data but also will help you to connect with a car, equipment, goods and plant equipment.

The Chinese telecom company, Huawei Technologies, and is a tough fight for world-wide listings, to control 5G networks. However, the United States has asked the countries to refuse to Huawei technologies in the development of a new mobile network, arguing that it could be vulnerable to the Chinese, has been changed. Huawei denies its equipment is a security risk.

This is not to be excluded, so that the telecom companies, the use of Smartphone technology, with their new 5G systems.

($1 = 1.3549 Singapore dollars)

Reporting by Joe Brock and Fathin Ungku; Writing by John Geddie; editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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