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5G enables technologies such as AI, Digital Twin, and augmented and extended realities to seamlessly work together, a key need for businesses at the forefront of digital transformation, providing consumers with a better-quality experience. In advancing Singapore’s 5G ecosystem, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is working with the industry to unlock the real value of 5G by shaping new business use-cases and enabling enterprises to commercialize locally and globally. 

Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, IMDA, said, “Singapore will continue to push the boundaries of innovation through frontier technologies such as 5G. We are excited to work with our industry partners to unlock the real impact of 5G. We look forward to seeing new and exciting ways 5G will benefit our businesses and consumers.”

Three new 5G projects have been introduced to boost Singapore’s 5G ecosystem. Under IMDA’s 5G Innovation Programme, S$30 million has been set aside to accelerate the adoption and commercialization of 5G solutions.

IMDA has announced the awarding of projects for Asia Pacific's first 5G mobile edge computing for Mixed Reality and Holomedicine capabilities in health tech; the region’s first outdoor mass 5G-enabled cinematic quality AR experience; and Southeast Asia’s first maritime 5G augmented reality/virtual reality smart glasses solution.

PSA continues to make waves, as the world’s first 5G mmWave port operations trial sees progress. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) achieved a reduction in latency by 50% compared to the current 4G network. This will enable PSA to scale AGV operations at Tuas Mega Port beyond 2000 vehicles. Automated rubber tire gantry cranes (aRTG) have also seen significant stability in terms of throughput and low latency. 5G will enable PSA to completely automate its RTG operations and empower its staff for higher-value job roles and upskilling in new areas of work.

IMDA’s partnership with Razer has also seen significant results. This first-ever mmWave trial for Razer was conducted at Ngee Ann City and Singtel’s Comcentre, and findings from this trial enabled a re-imagining of the mobile gaming experience with 5G-enabled gaming controllers.  Based on learnings from this trial, Razer has launched the Razer Kishi V2, a universal mobile gaming controller that promises a “console-class gameplay experience” for smartphones. It also launched the Razer Arctech, a heat-dissipating mobile phone cover that supports the heavy processing load required for a seamless gaming experience.