M1 has announced plans to undertake an ambitious multi-year project that aims to provide ubiquitous 5G standalone (SA) offshore coverage for the southern coast of Singapore, including the surrounding waters of the southern islands.
Extending 5G offshore coverage enhances connectivity in the larger maritime ecosystem and unlocks new use cases and applications.
This is an important step in the maritime industry’s digital transformation efforts, and its goal of becoming the next engine of growth for Singapore.
In collaboration with, and co-funding from, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), M1 will provide a 5G standalone (SA) network to trial, develop and deploy new maritime 5G use cases under the IMDA Innovation and Ecosystem Testbed Programme and the MPA Innovation Lab. This makes the project as the world’s first public and largest Maritime testbed at sea.
The potential 5G use cases are targeted at enhancing the efficiency and safety of maritime operations and management.
The use of 5G connectivity includes telemedicine to enable crew welfare at sea, delivery drones, maritime surveillance, and autonomous vessels, as well as remotely controlled task-based robots, such as ship inspection and autonomous firefighting robots, that are used for more dangerous and labour-intensive tasks.
M1 CEO Manjot Singh Mann said the launch of M1’s 5G standalone network provides low-latency, responsive, secured and high-throughput mobile connectivity to ensure more precise and reliable communications between the ships and the port.
5G has the capability to resolve long-standing pain points and it will become the natural technology of choice for the maritime industry.
“As the first country to extend 5G standalone coverage to sea for maritime operations, M1 is excited to partner MPA and IMDA to co-develop 5G solutions that will not only transform the industry but benefit the whole of Singapore’s maritime economy,” he said.