Huawei loses in the face of Nokia and Ericsson in the construction of the main networks 5G for Singapore


The R&D center on cloud computing technology and the intelligence of Huawei, located in the eco-city China-Singapore in the new zone of Tianjin Binhai.Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images

The giant chinese telecommunications equipment Huawei has lost against Nokia and Ericsson in the construction of the main networks 5G of Singapore, but could be involved in the wider ecosystem at a reduced capacity.The operators of telecommunications facilities have received final approval Wednesday by the regulator of the country’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), to start building the two national networks. They have been provisionally selected in April and had to complete the regulatory process.

The 5G refers to the fifth generation of mobile broadband Internet, which aims to provide faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry increasing levels of traffic on the Web.

Singapore Telecommunications said that it was in talks with the sweden’s Ericsson to be the main supplier of its networks 5G and localized. The joint venture between Starhub and M1 said to have chosen the Finnish Nokia as a technology partner preferred to build its network to 5G.

Singtel and the joint venture between Starhub and M1 will build each network 5G self. It is infrastructure designed with the aid of technologies specific to the 5G, providing expanded coverage using the spectrum the most effective available. They are also very expensive to build.

The four telecom operators in Singapore will also offer services 5G located.

Any exclusion of a supplier

Last October, the IMDA has clearly articulated the requirements of Singapore in terms of performance, security and resilience that operators of telecommunications facilities should ensure that their networks 5G, according to the minister of communications and information of the country, S Iswaran.

He said Thursday on ” Squawk Box Asia CNBC that Singapore has not prevented Huawei from participating in the infrastructure 5G of the city-state. He pointed out that some telecom companies are considering to work with a chinese company, as well as with his rival based in Shenzhen, ZTE, on certain parts of the networks.

Starhub has stated that Nokia is the technology provider preferred for its network located. He added that he was exploring other network elements with a variety of suppliers, including Huawei and ZTE. M1 said that he would seek to work with multiple vendors, including Huawei, to deploy networks located.

IMDA said that TPG Telecom, which has lost its bid to build one of the independent network, will assign spectrum to deploy networks 5G located. Huawei is a provider of TPG.

“If you look at it solely in terms of its result, it is very clear – a) we have not excluded any particular supplier, (b) the process was rigorous and competitive and c) the result is an ecosystem where the actors are diverse,” said Iswaran. “I would add, that we look to the future, our ecosystem, 5G will continue to evolve and there will be more opportunities for the different actors in technology to participate. ”

Huawei is one of the great names of the race in the construction of infrastructures for 5G. But, the United States have accused the company to include security vulnerabilities in its equipment that could be used for spying by Beijing. Washington has urged its allies to exclude the company’s technology in their networks 5G. Huawei has denied the allegations of collusion with the intelligence services of the chinese.

Focus on security and resiliency

Iswaran explained that the resilience and security of infrastructure 5G of Singapore were also a major consideration in the selection process of the city-state. The technology would allow for more data, a higher density of devices, faster data rates and lower latency.

“There has been no compromise on standards, we have adopted not only the best practices around the world, but also in examining our own situation and our different agencies have stated very clearly,” he said, adding that the IMDA is satisfied that the telecommunications operators winners have satisfied all the necessary requirements.

The IMDA said in April that the telecommunications operators will have to deploy self-sustaining networks 5G from January 2021. They should also provide a coverage of 50% at the island level by the end of 2022, and full coverage by the end of 2025.

Iswaran said on Thursday that he expected that the telecom operators move in response to market demand, and once all the use cases for 5G will become apparent, they will move much more quickly.


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