Singtel stuffs a 5G network in a suitcase-sized box

The Singtel GENIE platform allows enterprises to set up 5G network on-premises in under an hour

Genie 5G system

Telecommunications provider Singtel has launched GENIE, the world’s first portable 5G platform.

Clad in a suitcase-sized container consisting of a 5G network control kit, standing mount, and a 5G radio antenna, GENIE makes it easy for enterprises to experience 5G’s capabilities in the comfort of their premises.

Designed to be transportable, the compact GENIE demands no prior equipment installation or infrastructure. Installing GENIE in any location creates an independent 5G network, allowing enterprises to test 5G without costly infrastructure. The device can also run short-term events, such as hackathons, that require a temporary 5G network.

According to Singtel, it takes less than an hour to install its device, and it requires nothing more than a standard electrical outlet and window access, so the GPS platform to determine its location.

“While many enterprises are aware of 5G, they may not fully understand how their operations can benefit from this technology, said Dennis Wong, vice president of 5G enterprise and cloud at Singtel. 

Wong continued, “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 deciding 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.”

What’s more, customers can host and deploy applications on GENIE and connect multiple devices to the apps using its high-speed, low latency 5G network without relying on external networks. 

Lastly, customers can leverage Singtel’s partners’ ecosystem to test Industry 4.0 applications, including autonomous robots, augmented, virtual or mixed reality, drones, and holographic projection. Following successful trials, enterprises can quickly deploy the applications on Singtel’s 5G multi-access edge compute (MEC), added Wong.

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