Singtel has launched GENIE, the first portable 5G platform in the world 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.
Designed to be 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.
Mr Dennis Wong, Vice President, 5G Enterprise and Cloud, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “While many enterprises are aware of 5G, they may not fully understand how their operations can benefit from this technology. 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.”
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.
GENIE is Singtel’s latest initiative to expand its 5G ecosystem and engagement with customers, following the launch of its 5G MEC trials in collaboration with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services as well as Singapore’s first 5G standalone network at 5G Garage at Singapore Polytechnic.