Microsoft has partnered with Infocomm Media Development Agency to develop and promote 5G technology in Singapore.)
Microsoft has signed a Memorandum of Intent with Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to create an environment to support the development of 5G applications, capabilities and services.
These two organizations have agreed to offer technical consultancy as well as best practices on 5G standards, design principles and interoperability.
This partnership is being seen as part of Singapore’s plans to boost the development and adoption of 5G applications in the country. In June, the government announced SG$40 million budget for building the ecosystem, including a development hub for private organizations to test 5G use cases.
According to the IMDA’s chief executive Tan Kiat, the agency is looking to build more partnerships, including some with research organizations to boost 5G development in Singapore.
IMDA is also establishing its 5G lab PIXEL that would collaborate with Microsoft when operational.
IMDA and the US software companies can explore opportunities in various domains such as urban mobility, maritime operations, smart estates and Industry 4.0.
Kevin Wo, MD of Microsoft’s operations in Singapore, said—
“The ability to harness the high speed, high capacity, and low latency of 5G technology will open up new possibilities and a proliferation of innovative cloud-based applications across various industries. And when we infuse data, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality into the cloud and power it with 5G, what you get is an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge which presents tremendous potential for the industry to come together to nurture a local ecosystem to help transform enterprises.”
Singapore is planning to introduce two full-fledged standalone 5G networks to cover half the island by 2022.
In October 2019, Singapore announced the plan to launch 5G services in the country.