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Singtel to showcase 5G capabilities with live broadcasts

Singtel will be showcasing its 5G network’s enhanced mobile broadband capability to support ultra-high-definition (UHD) content at Mediacorp’s annual live New Year’s Eve countdown party, “Let’s Celebrate 2023”, at The Promontory at Marina Bay. The much-anticipated show, part of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2023 celebrations, will feature hosts, Germaine Tan and Maya Davidov, using Singtel 5G handsets with 5G SIM cards to make a video call during the main show. Similarly, four roving hosts will be employing 5G technology to provide live hourly show updates from The Promontory between 5pm to 11pm that will be aired on Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham.

To demonstrate the enhanced clarity and ultra-low latency of 5G, Singtel will also be applying network slicing technology to the airing of the hourly live updates and streaming of the video call during the main show, so all audiences will enjoy a more pleasant viewing experience. A key capability of 5G, network slicing enables multiple virtual networks to be created with efficient usage and management of the network resources to provide differentiated services at scale. Each “slice” or portion of the network can be tailored to the specific needs of the application or use case.

This show serves as further proof that outdoor events can leverage the reliability of Singtel’s 5G network to distribute real-time ultra-clear 4K quality UHD content from multiple 5G-enabled devices operating at various venues and support concurrent streaming by organisers and spectators over global online social media platforms. Airing the show via a reliable mobile network that can guarantee high throughput and low latency performance of the high intensity event ensures that viewers do not miss any of the thrilling moments.

Earlier this year, Singtel had powered the first fully livestreamed outdoor event, the Singapore MotorCross Beach Race in Sentosa, over its 5G network. It has also applied network slicing to its digital app marketplace, CAST, so customers could catch a lag-free experience of their favourite sporting events, the F1 Grand Prix Season Singapore 2022 and the FIFA World Cup 2022, due to the dedicated capacity being allocated to the service, even in high traffic areas.

24-hour 5G data pass for Singtel customers
To mark the occasion, Singtel will be offering its customers without a 5G mobile plan subscription but with 5G handsets, a one-time 24-hour 5G data pass with unlimited data usage for just $7.97. With this value-added service, customers can experience the quality of 5G connectivity as they revel in the year-end celebrations, livestream and share videos with loved ones and friends. Singtel customers can sign up for and activate this 24-hour 5G data pass via their MySingtel App.

Singtel is the first telco to roll out the world’s first standalone (SA) 5G network and attain 95%, nationwide coverage, three years ahead of the local regulator’s deadline of end-2025. OpenSignal, in its 5G Global Awards 2022 released in September, ranked Singtel’s 5G download speed as the fastest across Southeast Asia and Oceania, and fourth most improved globally. Techcoffeehouse

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