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M1 and Huawei to start 5G live tests in Jurong

A 360-view Virtual Reality broadcast will be launched by end-June.

M1 and Huawei have plans to jointly showcase 5G use cases in Singapore, starting with the live demonstration of 360-view Virtual Reality (VR) content broadcast by the end of June.

According to an announcement, the demos will use 5G equipment setup at M1’s MiWorld building in Jurong. They will be Singapore’s first end-to-end 5G live trial using Huawei’s 5G equipment operating at the 28GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) frequency band.

Moreover, the two companies have planned a number of key initiatives over the next 18 months to validate the latest 5G specifications as soon as standards are finalised and commercial equipment is available for live deployment.

Besides the end-to-end 5G live test, the companies plan to kick off the first 3.5GHz with Non-Standalone (NSA) standards compliance field trial in Southeast Asia by end 2018, as well as the first 28GHz and 3.5GHz with Standalone (SA) standards compliance field trial in Southeast Asia by mid-2019.

The first phase of frequency allocation for 5G (aligned by 3GPP) includes both sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. For mmWave bands 3GPP has approved 26GHz, 28GHz, 39GHz and 42GHz in Release 15 for 5G New Radio (NR). 

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