Huawei loses out to Nokia Ericsson in building Singapore’s main 5G
Huawei loses to Nokia and Ericsson 5G market in Singapore
Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei lost out to Nokia and Ericsson in building core 5G networks in Singapore, but may be drawn into a broader ecosystem with reduced bandwidth.
Local operators received final regulatory approval from the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Wednesday to begin construction of two nationwide networks. They were pre-selected in April and should have completed regulatory procedures by now.
5G is the fifth generation of high-speed mobile internet, which aims to provide faster data rates and more bandwidth to handle growing levels of web traffic..
Singapore Telecommunications said it is in talks with the Swedish company Ericsson to become a major provider of 5G and LAN devices and solutions. In addition, a joint venture between Starhub and M1, called the Joint Consortium, said it has selected Finnish Nokia as its preferred technology partner to build its 5G network..
Singtel and the joint venture Starhub and M1 will create a separate 5G network. It is an infrastructure designed using specific 5G technologies that provide coverage of the entire area using the most efficient spectrum. They are also very expensive to build..
All four telcos in Singapore will also offer localized 5G services.
Last October, the IMDA clearly articulated Singapore’s performance, security and resilience requirements that local telecoms must provide to their 5G networks, the country‘s Minister of Communications and Information said. S Iswaran.
On Thursday he stated CNBC that Singapore did not prevent Huawei from participating in the creation of the city-state’s 5G infrastructure. He noted that some of the telecommunications companies are considering cooperation with the Chinese firm, as well as with its Shenzhen competitor, ZTE, on some parts of the network..
Starhub said Nokia is the preferred technology provider for its localized network. He added that he is studying other elements of the network along with various suppliers, including Huawei and ZTE. M1 said it will work with multiple vendors including Huawei to roll out localized networks.
IMDA reports that TPG Telecom, which has lost the tender for the construction of one of the autonomous networks, will be allocated its spectrum for the deployment of localized 5G networks. Huawei supplies TPG with its hardware and solutions.
«If you look solely at the results, it becomes clear: a) we did not exclude any particular supplier, b) the process was rigorous and competitive, and c) the result is an ecosystem in which there are various participants, ”Ishwaran said. – I would like to add that as we look to the future, our 5G ecosystem will continue to evolve and various technology players will have more opportunities to participate».
Huawei is one of the main players in the race to build 5G infrastructure. But the United States has accused the company of including vulnerabilities in its hardware, which could be used by Beijing for espionage. Washington has called on its allies to exclude the tech firm from their 5G networks. Huawei denies allegations of collusion with Chinese intelligence.
Ishwaran explained that the resilience and security of Singapore’s 5G infrastructure is one of the main factors in the city-state selection process. This technology will increase data volume, increase device density, increase throughput and reduce latency..
«There were no compromises in terms of standards, we adopted not only the best world practices, but also took into account our own circumstances, and our various agencies have very clearly indicated this», – he said, adding that IMDA is satisfied that the winning companies have met all the necessary requirements.
In April, IMDA said telcos would have to roll out autonomous 5G networks from January 2021. In addition, they will have to provide 50% coverage of the entire island by the end of 2022 and full coverage by the end of 2025..
Ishwaran expects telecommunications companies to change in line with market demands. And once 5G use cases become apparent, they will move much faster..