Singtel on last Friday announced its collaboration with Intel to establish a 5G Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) incubator that will enable enterprises to adopt 5G seamlessly, deploy applications that need low latency processing at the edge, drive innovation and accelerate their digital transformation.
Singtel said in a statement the incubator will be powered by Intel’s 4th Gen Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Data Center GPU, codenamed Ponte Vecchio and supported by Singtel’s Paragon, a one-stop orchestration platform for 5G edge computing and cloud services, which will simplify the adoption of these 5G services for enterprises.
The collaboration will focus on developing the application and ecosystems to deliver transformational enterprise and consumer use cases like high-definition content delivery, cloud gaming, video analytics, virtual-augmented-mixed reality and metaverse.
“Singtel’s 5G network and Paragon MEC platform are transforming operations in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, smart logistics, healthcare, retail, transportation and urban planning,
“With Intel, we’re collectively bringing together our best of breed knowledge, expertise, assets and ecosystem to help address business needs, improve operational efficiencies, unlock new opportunities and advance in a 5G world,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise and Regional Data Centre Business, Singtel.
According to the statement, enterprises can tap into Singtel and Intel’s ecosystem to deliver their 5G use cases, including ready- to-deploy applications for rapid trials and proof of concepts for research and development.
One of the first successful trials on the platform is a content delivery solution. Other ongoing trials include a video analytics artificial intelligence (AI) solution in collaboration with Axis Communications, a mixed reality usage solution for real- time workspace collaboration with HTC, and energy-saving technology developed by Quanta that enables a more sustainable MEC platform for enterprises.
“As enterprises navigate a significant digital transformation, technologies like 5G, edge, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud play a key role in helping to deliver new use cases,
“Our collaboration with Singtel will help accelerate use of these technologies to solve real business challenges, by utilising our unique combination of hardware and software spanning Xeon, GPUs, Smart Edge, OpenVINO and more, and also a broad portfolio of ecosystem innovations,” said Christoph Schell, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Intel.
Singtel and Intel also jointly welcome solution providers who have cutting-edge 5G applications to join the programme and the incubator for rapid trials and pilots.
As more solution providers join the ecosystem, enterprises will have access to a greater range of capabilities and solutions to hone their operations.
Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, 5G and technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses.
The group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 770 million mobile customers in 21 countries.
Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.
For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, it offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber security capabilities.