Singtel’s Genie is out of the bottle, launches 5G-in-a-box for test, dev environments

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Singtel has launched GENIE, a portable 5G platform to enable enterprises to experience 5G’s capabilities and trial use cases in their own premises. Without the need for prior installation of equipment or infrastructure, GENIE creates an independent 5G network at any location where it is deployed and is suitable for enterprises which want to conduct trials but don’t yet have a 5G network. GENIE can also be used to run short-term events like hackathons that require a temporary 5G network.

Compact and transportable, GENIE comes in a suitcase-sized container consisting of a 5G network control kit and a standing mount with 5G radio antenna. The simple setup can be installed under an hour and requires only a standard electrical outlet to power and access to a window for the platform to determine its location via Global Positioning System.

Singtel GENIE portable 5G platform

“While many enterprises are aware of 5G, they may not fully understand how their operations can benefit from this technology,” explains Dennis Wong, Vice President, 5G Enterprise and Cloud, Group Enterprise at Singtel. “By bringing 5G right into the customers’ premises, GENIE can help enterprises to quickly validate their solutions with their partners or verify the performance of their end-to-end use cases with no installation cost. The platform is particularly useful for large enterprises which need to test 5G before they decide to invest in their own dedicated network. Seeing what 5G can do in their own premises will help more enterprises adopt 5G and speed up their digital transformation.”

“By bringing 5G right into the customers’ premises, GENIE can help enterprises to quickly validate their solutions with their partners or verify the performance of their end-to-end use cases with no installation cost.”

Other advantages include allowing customers to host and deploy their apps on GENIE and connect their devices to the apps using its high-speed and low latency 5G network without relying on an external network like the internet. This mitigates the leakage of sensitive information and helps customers enhance data security and maintain data integrity. The enhanced data security and low latency also benefit solution developers and device manufacturers when they use GENIE to validate their prototypes in their customers’ premises.

GENIE is designed to work with Singtel 5G Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) infrastructure to test ultra-low latency applications indoors. Enterprises can work with Singtel’s ecosystem partners to test Industry 4.0 applications such as autonomous robots in a smart factory, augmented, virtual or mixed reality, drones, and holographic projection (please see the infographic below). With the completion of successful trials, enterprises can quickly deploy the applications on Singtel’s 5G MEC.

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