M1, StarhHub JV Antina taps Nokia for 5G network in Singapore

Antina, the joint venture formed by mobile network operators M1 and StarHub in Singapore, has engaged Nokia to deploy a 5G Standalone (SA) network for both indoor and outdoor coverage as well as expand the existing network using Antina’s 3.5GHz spectrum holdings. 

Nokia remains Antina’s sole supplier, following a competitive process for this deal that is expected to improve the 5G connectivity experience for businesses and consumers underpinning Singapore’s vibrant 5G ecosystem.

Nokia will equip new buildings throughout Singapore with its AirScale indoor Radio (ASiR) small cell solution for seamless indoor coverage. 

The Finland-based firm will also provide equipment from its latest energy-efficient AirScale portfolio including 5G base stations, massive MIMO adaptive antennas for urban and wide-area coverage as well as dual-band remote radio heads (RRH). 

Antina will use its spectrum in the 2.1 GHz (n1) and 3.5 GHz (n78) band which provides a good combination of capacity and coverage. 

All of these solutions will deliver an enhanced 5G user experience with high bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds, and low latency.

Antina CEO Danny Tan said they are building a 5G network in Singapore with ultra-high speeds that will deliver new use cases across entertainment, gaming, education, healthcare, and transportation. 

“This long-term extension to our contract demonstrates Antina’s trust in our technology leadership and the strength of our product portfolio,” said Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia. “Our high-performance networks deliver a premium 5G experience adding coverage and capacity where it is needed in both indoor and outdoor locations.”