Rivals pip Huawei in Singapore 5G

Business | Bloomberg 26 Jun 2020

Singapore's biggest telecom operators chose Ericsson and Nokia as their main 5G network providers, leaving China's Huawei Technologies with less significant contracts in the city state.

Singapore Telecommunications chose Ericsson while a group that includes StarHub opted for Nokia after the city-state gave final approval for the roll-out of nationwide 5G coverage on Wednesday.

Huawei, which has been a point of contention in the tensions between the United States and China, still has a foothold in the market as a provider for TPG Telecom's smaller, local network system.

The final awards were issued to Singtel and a group formed by StarHub and M1 after they completed regulatory processes, including selection of preferred frequency spectrum lots and vendor partners, the Infocomm Media Development Authority said. Provisional awards were made in April.

TPG Telecom is being allocated the remaining frequency spectrum in the millimeter wave band to roll out localized 5G networks, the authority said.

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