Singapore ditches Huawei, selects Nokia and Ericsson for its 5G Grid


Singapore Telecom companies select Nokia and Ericsson over Chinese brand Huawei for building their main 5G networks

As you know the fifth-generation network (5G) is under development over the globe. Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE are curbing innovation in telecom under the Chinese government’s orders says a report by ITIF. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a top independent United States nonprofit public policy think tank based out of Washington, D.C. The organization focuses on public policies that spur technology innovation.

As we saw yesterday India to ban Huawei and ZTE from participating in 5G infrastructure following the US that thinks the companies are harming telecom innovation on Chinese orders. Well now after the US and India, Singapore telecommunications companies have also opted out from the Chinese brand Huawei.

Singapore Telecommunications said it is in talks with Sweden’s Ericsson to be the main vendor for its 5G and localized networks. Separately, a joint venture between Starhub and M1, called the Joint-Venture Consortium, said it selected Finland’s Nokia as the preferred technology partner to build its 5G network.

Telecom equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE are alleged to have links to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and to the Chinese government, accusations that the two companies have repeatedly denied.

According to reports, the Singapore telecoms Singtel and the joint venture between Starhub and M1 will each build a standalone 5G network. As the equipment to build providing wide-area coverage using the most efficient spectrum available is expensive to build.

The selection comes amid tension between Singapore’s biggest trading partners, the United States, and China, with the United States encouraging allies to exclude China’s Huawei from their networks on security grounds. Singapore has allowed telcos to choose their network vendors provided they meet various requirements, including security.

We have run a robust process spelling out our requirements in terms of performance, security and resilience. There is a diversity of vendors participating in different parts of the 5G ecosystem, and… there remain prospects for greater involvement in our 5G system going forward.

said Information Minister S Iswaran

Singapore telecom companies have been informed by the authorities that ultra-high-speed 5G internet coverage must be available for half of the country by the end of 2022, and expand it to cover the entire island by the end of 2025.

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