Singtel, Intel to establish 5G MEC incubator to boost 5G adoption
The Asian telco noted that the new 5G incubator will be powered by Intel’s 4th Gen Xeon Scalable processors
Singaporean operator Singtel announced its collaboration with Intel to establish a 5G Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) incubator to boost the adoption of 5G in the enterprise sector, the carrier said in a release.
Bill Chang, CEO of Singtel’s Enterprise and Regional Data Center Business, said: “Singtel’s 5G network and Paragon MEC platform are transforming operations in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, smart logistics, healthcare, retail, transportation and urban planning. With Intel, we’re collectively bringing together our best of breed knowledge, expertise, assets and ecosystem to help address business needs, improve operational efficiencies, unlock new opportunities and advance in a 5G world.”
The Asian telco noted that the new 5G incubator will be powered by Intel’s 4th Gen Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Data Center GPU, codenamed Ponte Vecchio and supported by Singtel’s Paragon, an orchestration platform for 5G edge computing and cloud services.
The collaboration will focus on developing the application and ecosystems to deliver enterprise and consumer use cases including high-definition content delivery, cloud gaming, video analytics, virtual-augmented-mixed reality and metaverse.
Christoph Schell, EVP and chief commercial officer at Intel said,”“As enterprises navigate a significant digital transformation, technologies like 5G, edge, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud play a key role in helping to deliver new use cases. Our collaboration with Singtel will help accelerate use of these technologies to solve real business challenges, by utilizing our unique combination of hardware and software spanning Xeon, GPUs, Smart Edge, OpenVINO and more, and also a broad portfolio of ecosystem innovations.“
The telco also noted that enterprises can tap into Singtel and Intel’s ecosystem to deliver their 5G use cases, including ready-to-deploy applications for rapid trials and proof of concepts for research and development. Singtel and Intel also said that solution providers who have 5G applications are welcome to join the program and the incubator for rapid trials and pilots.
In July, Singtel said its 5G Standalone network already covered over 95% of the country’s territory.
Singtel noted that the milestone comes more than three years ahead of the regulatory target for this level of coverage, which is at the end of 2025.
Singtel’s 5G SA network now covers more than 1,300 outdoor locations and over 400 building across Singapore.
To support the development of a number of public sector 5G use cases for the built environment, transport, and tourism industries, Singtel launched the 5G@Sentosa testbed last year, in partnership with multiple government agencies, including the Government Technology Agency and the Sentosa Development Corporation. Around 15 live trials are slated to be running by the end of this year, and at least 30 by the first half of 2023, the carrier said.