5G, the next generation of mobile broadband technology allows for faster mobile broadband speeds (up to 20Gbps), faster response timings (possibly as low as 1 millisecond) and multi-device support. With licenses to roll out 5G in Singapore on the market, three bids from Singapore’s four major telcos were submitted at the closing of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)’s Call For Proposal (CFP) on 17th February 2020. 

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Read more: Singapore IMDA to award 5G licenses by mid-2020

In 2003, the world was overcome with a crippling fear of the SARS virus that claimed the lives of more than 700 people worldwide. Almost a decade later, the global community was faced with yet another paralysing health crisis known as MERs or camel flu. Although this disease mostly affected a large portion of the Arabian Peninsula and eventually spread to parts of Southeast Asia and North America, almost 1000 people were reported to have perished from it; around 30% higher than the death toll for SARS. This time, we are being forced to grapple with a deadlier and more aggressive form of a similar respiratory disease known as novel coronavirus or COVID-19; a virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China and one that has already racked up a death toll numbering in the thousands and counting.

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Read more: COVID-19: The health crisis engulfing tech, ICT and the global economy

By Arnaud Comerzan, Senior Manager Regulatory and Frederic Doucet, Senior Manager, Sofrecom

For many years, mobile operators have built their marketing primarily around network-related statements: coverage, performance and quality of service. Owning and being the exclusive users of their infrastructures was thus enough to protect them to a large extent from competition, as such assets were then considered to be highly strategic.

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Read more: Financing 5G investments by deriving value from other assets

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