Transitioning from End-to-End Integration to Vendor Diversity in Rollout of Standalone 5G

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2Q 2020 | IN-5819


Standalone 5G and Vendor Diversity


The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has recently announced Singtel and the joint venture of Starhub and M1 as the winning bidders to operate Standalone (SA) 5G networks across Singapore. The Singtel and the Starhub-M1 joint venture will each receive 100 MHz of the 3.5 GHz band for their respective deployments. The IMDA will also allocate 800 MHz of millimeter-wave spectrum to these Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

The winners will have to roll out their SA 5G networks starting in January 2021. They would also have to guarantee 50% island-wide coverage by the end of 2022 and full coverage by the end of 2025.

Interestingly enough, “vendor diversity” is a particular theme that the IMDA is emphasizing in its evaluations for allocation of 5G network licenses. The IMDA recognizes how 5G networks “will be supporting mission critical and essential services,” and therefore must “mitigate risks from dependency on any one vendor.”

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