IMDA to hold 5G consultation this year

19 Jan 2017

Singapore's Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA) plans to hold a public consultation covering 5G mobile networks later this year.

The regulator will hold the consultation as part of its efforts to facilitate the commercialization of 5G services in Singapore, Channel News Asiareported.

The IMDA is strongly urging the mobile industry to participate in the consultation to help the regulator better understand the industry's needs, as well as the optimal spectrum roadmap and regulatory framework that will allow innovation to flourish.

Other initiatives the IMDA will take during the transition to 5G will include the promotion of real-world trials to better understand how 5G will fit into Singapore's business environment, as well as optimal deployment scenarios for operators.

Singapore's mobile operators are meanwhile themselves conducting preparatory work for the introduction of 5G – Singtel, for example, recently upgraded its LTE network nationwide to support the pre-5G technology 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (256 QAM), giving the network a peak speed of 450Mbps.

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