Jun 26, 2018

M1, Nokia to launch 5G small cell trial across Singapore

Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Singaporean mobile carrier M1 and leading global telecommunications specialist Nokia have announced plans to conduct Nokia’s firs...

Singaporean mobile carrier M1 and leading global telecommunications specialist Nokia have announced plans to conduct Nokia’s first 5G small cell trial in Southeast Asia.

The latest agreement expands the existing partnership between M1 and Nokia that saw the two launch Southeast Asia’s first nationwide NB-IoT network, supporting Singapore’s wider national transformation.

See also:

“We are thrilled to continue to partner with M1 to conduct a 5G trial, including Nokia’s Southeast Asia’s first 5G small cell trial in 4Q-2018,” said Mark Atkinson, Head of Small Cell, Nokia.

“This is a great opportunity for us to leverage the learnings from the trial to develop the next generation 5G small cells architecture and shape the future products and technology, which will benefit the entire industry.

The two firms will now utilise the 4.5G narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) heterogenous (HetNet) network in Singapore, deployed using Nokia’s Flexi Zone WiFi equipment, for these latest tests.

This experimentation will then inform the firms as how best to commercially launch 5G small cells, whilst also testing low-latency 5G IoT use cases.

“With M1’s NB-IoT network and largest HetNet deployment nationwide today, we are well positioned to harness exciting new 5G capabilities and support extremely reliable and highly responsive advanced network infrastructure on our dense cell grid architecture,” said Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1.

Share article

Jun 22, 2021

Ericsson: 5G will be fastest adopted mobile generation in hi

2 min
Ericsson Mobility Report says there will be more than half a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2021

Ericsson’s June Mobility Report projects that nearly 600 million 5G subscriptions will be active by the end of 2021, making it the fastest adopted mobile generation in history.


The longer range forecast is for around 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions and 60 per cent 5G population coverage globally by the end of 2026.


China, the US, Korea, Japan and the GCC (Gulf states) will lead deployment, with Europe lagging behind. The latter got off to a slower start and has been mired in infrastructure battles over the provenance of hardware.


North East Asia is expected to lead 5G deployment with an estimated 1.4 billion subscriptions by 2026, while North America is expected to account for the highest 5G subscription penetration.


Key findings of the Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2021


5G remains on track to become the fastest adopted mobile generation in history with subscriptions increasing at a rate of about a million per day


China, North America and the Gulf Cooperation Council markets are leading the way on subscriber numbers, while Europe is off to a slow start


5G subscriptions with a 5G-capable device grew by 70 million during the first quarter of 2021 and are forecast to reach 580 million by the end of 2021

5G ready for 'advanced use cases'

Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of networks, Ericsson, said, “We are in the next phase of 5G, with accelerating roll-outs and coverage expansion in pioneer markets such as China, the USA and South Korea. Now is the time for advanced use cases to start materialising and deliver on the promise of 5G. Businesses and societies are also preparing for a post-pandemic world, with 5G-powered digitalization playing a critical role.”

Photo credit: Ericsson

Share article