Nokia live test of a non-standalong 5G network in Singapore might be a steppingstone for the Finnish telecommunications manufacturer in the South East Asia market as those nations want to cater to 5G network demand without the exposure to Chinese reliance in the telecoms sector. Despite its shunning in Vietnam, Huawei’s dominance, low costs, and geographical proximity make the Asian tech giant the main competitor for European 5G manufacturers that want a slice of the 5G wealth pie as they fight for the holes that Huawei’s cybersecurity and political controversies leave behind.
Nokia and the Singapore-based telecommunications operator company StarHub conduct the first 5G live non-standalone network trial across Singapore. A trial that will end on February 2021. StarHub is Singapore’s first early provider of 5G services in that country and the presence of that kind of telecommunications technology in a country like Singapore, one of South East Asia’s bulwark commercial hubs that counterbalance the People’s Republic of China’s presence in the region.
Nokia will leverage StarHub’s existing 4G infrastructure. The trial 5G Non-standalone network will allow the Singapore-based provider a major bandwidth and connectivity to their subscriber base without having to delve into major infrastructure overhauls. Featuring Nokia’s end-to-end core telecommunications solutions, StarHub’s clients will benefit from Nokia’s efficient use of those networks to deliver quality 5G services.
Southeast Asian nations like Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam are eager for the implementation of 5G networks in their territories as the telecommunications technology will improve day to day lives and commercial operations. These southeast Asian and South China Sea nations look at European manufacturers of 5G equipment like Nokia and Ericsson AB with aims of setting up commercial relations that serve as a counterbalance to the domineering presence of Huawei in that region.
The main reason why Singapore wants to shun Huawei and ZTE as 5G providers is a matter of national security, the small island-nation doesn’t want the influence of the Communist Party of China in their telecommunications and data to flow, as they fear that such exposure could compromise aspects they consider crucial to their national interests. Singapore joins other nations like Slovenia and Russia in commercial agreements with European manufacturers in detriment of other geostrategic alternatives represented in Chinese corporations.
Nokia has 63 global 5G contracts with telecommunications giants like AT&T, Korea Telecom, Sprint, Vodafone, Zain Saudi Arabia, Sprint, O2, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, SoftBank, KDDI, and LG Uplus. With one more contract in their books, Nokia will highlight the quality and consumer confidence in their 5G portfolio as they expect to continue 2020 with many other deals, their end-to-end telecoms solutions portfolio includes parts and services for older network infrastructure enabling of 5G capacity. Nokia is the only network provider whose 5G capacity was hired by all four major US operators.